Cleanup underway in Dorchester Co. after Matthew leaves downed power lines, debris

Cleanup underway in Dorchester Co. after Matthew leaves downed power lines, debris

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County is cleaning up Monday after Hurricane Mathew left streets and yards filled with power lines and debris.

In a Summerville neighborhood homeowners were chopping down trees, raking their yards, and piling up debris.

There were power lines and trees down on just about every street, and many homes still without power.

One homeowner said there is a lot of damage left to clean up.

"Heavy damage. If you've driven around you've seen numerous piles down the street there's quite a few large branches," Fredrick Daughtery said.

During the storm his neighbor said he could see the trees bending in the wind.

"The pine trees were just bending right over the branches and leaves falling all over – it was scary," Randy Bretz said.

Bretz said the storm was something he'd never been through, "Almost like a train you know the sound and rain and hard rain we heard transformers popping trees cracking and falling down – it was scary."

Luckily their homes weren't damaged from the storm, but one neighbor came home to a different scene.

"I said oh my god that tree just fell in Charlene's house so right away we had to check and see if anyone was home," Daughtery said.

The owner was not home at the time, and on Monday was home while workers chopped up the tree that fell through the middle of her living room, making half of her house impossible to access.

Neighbors said after the tree fell a spiral of events pursued.

"When that tree fell is busted a water line my friend went over and got his tool and shut the water off immediately and then we called 911 he fire department came over and turned the electricity off to the house. One of the fireman thought he smelled gas so they took care of that too and turned the gas off," Daughtery said.

Monday afternoon the water, gas and power were still turned off to the house.

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