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Reported by Nick Kenney

Residents of Brownsville clean up following storm

(BROWNSVILLE, TN - WMC-TV) Utility crews spent much of Tuesday trying to sort through a tangled mess of downed trees and power lines to restore power to those without in Brownsville.

With leaf blowers on full blast and chainsaws at high power, crews scrambled to clear the Tate Smith's front yard. Monday night, strong storms tore through Brownsville, pushing a huge pine onto Smith's brand new SUV and onto the family's 150-year-old house.

"We didn't have the chance to really get scared," Smith said.

While Smith didn't have time to worry, his wife Amber had plenty time to assess the damage.

"I don't know if I wanted to cry or just be in shock because it just looked so bad," Amber Smith said.

The Smith's weren't alone. Across Brownsville, many residents told similar stories, with tree branches in yards, treetops toppled, and tree trunks ready for collection.

Brownsville Mayor Webb Banks said at least 20 trees fell onto city streets.

Despite how it looked, Banks said, every city street was still drivable.

"My people, they all came out at 6 o'clock last night. It was work and none of them have left yet," Banks said.

While utility crews struggled to restore power, Banks was grateful. The storm may have dropped damage all over Brownsville, but no one was injured.

"It could've been a lot worse," Amber Smith said as she looked at the downed tree in her yard. "It could've hit us."

Banks said city crews would stay on the job as long as necessary to clean up the mess the storm left behind and restore power.


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