North Richmond community comes together to clean up

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The storms that rolled through Richmond's Northside has people coming together in the community to clean up together.

There are plenty of big branches and even whole trees scattered about in North Richmond. Streets are impassable. Homes are without power. And people like Nurdeen Nasir are up for the clean up challenge.

"I'm out here early trying to get everybody else to come out here to help us clean up the neighborhood. That's what we need right now. We need each other," says Nasir.

Especially when you see the damage the wicked storms left. Trees with sawed off edges, some that came crashing down damaging and breaking the window of a car on the street.

"It is in my backyard. Now electricity is off. Food is going bad. It's crazy out here," adds Nasir.

City crews were out in a nearby park, picking up the branches the storm left behind. We're told there are 15 crews working throughout the city, trying to get these closed roads, back open again. The goal is to get all roads passable by 5 p.m. today.

"Then we'll start working to remove debris. This is Thursday, so we'll be doing that tomorrow and throughout the weekend," says Sharon North, with Richmond Department of Public Works.

While that's being done, power crews are trying to get electricity back on to people like Nurdeen. For the time being, Nurdeen and his neighbors have their work cut out for them.

"We all are one. And everybody's trash is all over. We are going to do a block clean up," says Nurdeen.

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