Community effort underway to help cleanup storm damage in Decatur

Saturday a handful of volunteers showed up to the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center in Decatur to help cut down trees and clean up broken branches.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 7:21 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 7:31 PM

A large scale cleanup effort is underway in Decatur following Tuesday’s powerful storms.

Both volunteers and city workers spent Saturday morning and afternoon helping with tree removal.

Volunteers cutting down trees in Decatur

The burst of straight line winds swept through the Tennessee Valley Tuesday toppling dozens of trees along the way. The remnants of the powerful storms can still be seen throughout Decatur. Trees on homes, roofs blown off and neighborhoods filled with debris.

Saturday a handful of volunteers showed up to the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center in Decatur to help cut down trees and clean up broken branches. City workers were also doing their part to help pick up the pieces. Large city trucks could be seen throughout the day hauling off tree specks.

“There are a lot of elderly people over here and they just don’t have the strength to get up and move those trees and some of them are on fixed income. We knew it was going to be hard to get these trees cut up and we knew that we were going to need a whole lot of help so we knew you’re going to have to just call on the community,” said Michael Stovall with the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center.

To continue the effort the recreation centers said they need more volunteers.

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