Toppled trees cleared away in north Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – City crews were cleaning up trees in north Richmond by six Thursday morning. Most of the damage was in Highland Park, Brookland Park and Ginter Park.

Wednesday's storm meant crunch time Thursday. Public Works crews were out early and dragging away as much wood from fallen trees as they could. On Maryland Avenue they cleared trees away from Michelle Garner's mini-van.

"My van was parked here; a tree fell directly behind it and directly in front of it and did not touch it. My neighbors weren't so lucky," she said.

Tony Cochran is Michelle's neighbor.

"My wife called me, and told me there was a limb had fallen on the car. So I thought a limb had fallen on the car. But ah...a little more than that," Tony said.

It looked like trees just dropped dead on Brookland Park Avenue. Darin Vauter of D Vauter's Tree and Stump Service says this mess will keep him busy for weeks.

"We're moving on from house to house getting this stuff cleaned up. It was a right bad storm last night," Vauter said.

The clean up in the city is expected to last all weekend. The owners of several tree companies say this storm will keep them busy for a month. And all roads have been cleared so all Richmond schools will be open Friday.

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