COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Storms early Friday afternoon blew through southern Franklin County, taking out tree limbs and power lines.
Neighbors on Shelby Drive helped each other clean-up the mess. At the time, more than 5,000 people were without power in the area south of SR 104.
Roger Cooper came home from work to a mess in his front yard, after half of his tree fell down.
“She was a beautiful tree too. I’m going to miss it,” he said. “Have to get that cleaned up. Luckily, it didn’t go that way into the house. Came out fortunate there.”
Right next door to him, a tree took out some power lines that caught fire causing the neighborhood to lose power.
“Big tree fell on the garage,” said Cooper. “Took down the power line and sure he’s got some damage back there on the garage.”
Just down the road another tree got damaged in the storm and blocked part of the street.
“We heard a big crack and the limb fell,” said Coy Walker. “We were sitting on the swing on the porch and here come the wind first and then a torrent of rain came down and you couldn’t even see the street from my house.”
Neighbors all around the area are giving each other a hand, cleaning up branches and limbs.
“We just have to deal with it and we’re blessed that nothing else came apart with the trees and stuff around us,” said Walker.
And then just like that, another round of heavy rain came through putting the clean-up on hold for a few minutes.
“We just going to do what we have to do and life’s too good to worry about it,” said Walker. “There’s blessings in everything that happens. We’re blessed it didn’t tear up anything else than what it did and no one got hurt.”