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The cleanup begins in Arlington after Thursday's storms

4:09 PM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Trees snapped like twigs at every turn. One fell on this truck at the Shadowood Community.

Ronn Gadd with Southern Oak Tree Service came out to make a bid to clean up the downed trees, a job that he says could take up to three days.

"There is a lot of stuff on roofs, there is a lot of uproot, limbs stuck in trees," said Gadd. "So, we got to get all that, these twisters just tear everything off."

"We never want to wish no harm on people but we kind of make a living off this hate to say," Gadd said. "You just got to watch how you bid, you never want to shaft nobody, you don't want to raise your prices, it is just a storm, get in and get out."

Diane Camden has been in tree surgeon business 18 years, doesn't like to make her money like this.

"It is a dangerous job anytime there is storm work. It is very dangerous, you just don't know about it," said Camden.

Joyce Elkner had to get inside her condemned townhouse at Shadowood to get a checkbook to pay bills. She couldn't believe what she saw after the tornado.

"Devastated, I wasn't here when it happened, I was at my daughter's. I came down yesterday and seen this, it was a terrible shock, terrible shock."

Ginger Cahill brought a cooler of ice water to the neighborhood to give out to workers, and helped an elderly lady clean up her yard.

"I just think it is a good thing to do. Nothing happened to me. I live on Monument Road also, but further down," Cahill said. "I just think it is great to help one another during these bad times."

Retired FBI agent Chuck Blaylock, a photography buff, came out to record history he never thought he would see here.

"I have lived here 60 years and this is the first time I have ever seen a tornado come this close."

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