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Cleanup continues after tornado

NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) - It's the first weekend since the damaging storm came through the New Kent area.

The good news is there are crews working all over and nearly everyone has their power back. The bad news is this cleanup won't be done anytime soon.

Chainsaws and utility trucks are all over the Woodhaven neighborhood.

The only thing you'll see more of are downed trees.

Brenda Roberson was home when the tornado came through her neighborhood.

"This was worse than Irene, than Hurricane Irene or Isabel together," Roberson said.  "The wind, it was like being in a wind tunnel and the wind was sideways."

She is one of the lucky ones. Her backyard fence was wiped out by the tornado but her home has next to no damage.

"It could have been so much worse," she said.  "It's a pain not having electricity but if I can have that I'm pretty much happy."

Karen Malkemus's tree service is working on Brenda's neighbor's home. She says there's enough work to keep busy for quite a while.

"It's a lot of stuff, a lot of debris all over," Malkemus said.  "It's hard to say, but we'll certainly be here for a while."

Brenda says she got her power back late Friday afternoon - far faster than she got her power back after Irene.

"Oh yeah no kidding," Roberson said.  "That was almost seven days after Irene so I'm happy just to have the power back. I can do without cable."

Dominion says there's a handful of homes that still don't have power because those homes are damaged and the crews do their work until some of that damage has been fixed. 

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