Storm damage cleanup begins in Laurens County

Crews work on restoring Laurens County power

Laurens County is working to restore power and move trees off of roadways. 50 trees covered I-16 through the county, and while those have all been removed, many smaller roads are still blocked. Minor injuries were reported from car accidents caused by weather Monday and thousands were without power. There was no school Tuesday in Dublin. Instead, kids took in the damage and recounted the storm.

"There was a lot of heavy rain, a lot of branches that fell, wind blew the door open," Imani Beauchame said. "We were looking down the street, we heard a boom."

That boom was a tree falling on the Scarborough Properties office building on Mimosa Road. Luckily, no one was there, but employees don't know when they'll be able to return to work.

Todd Smith and his co-pilot were on their way out of town but stopped by to check on family, friends and to see the damage.

"Debris and power lines, it will be a quick recovery for us," Smith said.

Despite the mess and the cleanup, Dublin residents are feeling lucky.

"I'm just glad it didn't hit us that hard," Beauchame said.

Smith agreed.

"Oh, yeah, we're very fortunate, there are a lot of people in much worse shape than we're in," Smith said.

County officials were out on Mimosa Road Tuesday inspecting the damage. Hundreds of trees in Laurens County will need to be moved off the road. 

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