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Clean-up begins in New Kent County Woodhaven Neighborhood

NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) - A tornado that tore through New Kent County brought with it 95 mph winds, devastating one area neighborhood.

The EF-1 storm cut a path the width of two football fields. It toppled trees and damaged buildings-- knocking out power to hundreds living in the Woodhaven neighborhood.

Friday morning, homeowners are still taking in the damage to the neighborhood. It's a private road, which residents will be responsible for clean-up.

"What gets done we have to do ourselves," explained Karol MacLaughlin, who lives in the neighborhood.

It's an attitude that had MacLaughlin out early Friday morning, hard at work clearing twisted trees and torn limbs left by the tornado.  

"There's lots of destruction, and lots of damage, and lots of downed trees, and lots of downed power cables, and the roads are blocked, and the houses are damaged and the vehicles are damaged," said MacLaughlin. "It looks bad. It's real bad."

"You can tell where the trees are just twisted right off of the top," added Amber Iacone. "It's unbelievable.

Dominion crews worked at nearly every intersection in Woodhaven, trying to fix dozens of downed power poles.

There were so many Dominion Crews out here that authorities actually had to decide to close the roads-even to residents. Many of them had to walk up the street to get home and assess the damage.

The Iacones made it to the yard with power tools. They can hardly see the ground. 

"It's a jungle!" exclaimed Amber Iacone. "It's a mess. The size of that root ball alone! [It's] a mess."

Getting back to life as normal will take time-- it's just hard to say how much.

"Days? Weeks? Months?" Amber guessed. "The shed's completely demolished. Everything's gone except for the house."

"This is just like we're right in the path. Everything's topped off. Everything's gone," added Mark Iacone.

Dominion was able to restore power to almost all of the homes today. There area few remaining the home will have to be repaired before power can be restored.

We're told Cox cable will begin it's work repairing services on Saturday.

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