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Roads cleaned, homeowners still cleaning after the tornado

9:45 PM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sounds of chainsaws and tree trimmers could be heard all throughout East Arlington as homeowners work to clean up the mess and restore some order after a powerful tornado touched down.

"It was just bizarre to see trees and broken wood and limbs on either side," said Valerie Brink, a Fort Caroline resident.

Now 24 hours after an EF-2 tornado touched down in the Fort Caroline community, the roads are cleared but homeowners are still cleaning up.

"When I came around and saw the boat it was a heartbreaker because this large branch that you can see is the size of a tree had landed on the t-top and it had shattered the t-top and dropped the tongue of the boat and pushed it back about 6 feet," said Brink.

Roofs have been ripped off, trees have toppled over and one man even found a two-by-four sticking out of the side of his now condemned home, following a two and a half mile path of destruction.

"We were flooded by tree companies coming in roofers, contractors just came in but ya need them," said Bruce Sawyer, a Fort Caroline resident.

And right now the need couldn't be greater.

"I'll take it a whole lot more seriously when they say huge storm systems popping up from Mayport to Fort Caroline, I think I'll believe them next time," said Brink.

If your home has been damaged and you're looking for help with the clean up process, remember to look for companies that are licensed and insured.

Also ask for references scam artists have been known to take advantage of people following natural disasters.

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