South Mississippi Cleaning Up Leaves And Limbs

Many people spent this "day after" the storm with lawn rakes and leaf blowers.

Hurricane Ivan dropped limbs, toppled trees and leveled fences throughout much of South Mississippi. Not surprisingly, neighborhoods with lots of trees face a tougher task cleaning up.

Hickory Hills in Gautier is among those areas.

The buzz of chain saws echoed through the oaks at Hickory Hills Friday morning.  A storm damaged tree trunk toppled onto the front lawn.

Hurricane Ivan's mess means a back log of work for A-1 Tree Service.

"We're covered up. We're real busy. I'm getting calls all the way from Theodore to Daphne, Alabama. And we're covered up here in Jackson County," said owner Wayne Evans.

Across the street, Pam Nawrocki went to work with a rake. Ivan's winds claimed just one tree, but blew down countless leaves and limbs.

"For the past two days we've been out. Took down the boards yesterday. And we're back at it today," she said.

After leaving behind quite a mess here in the Hickory Hills neighborhood, the visiting storm decided it might as well play through Mississippi National Golf course next door. Ivan created a few new hazards. Storm winds took a "free drop", leaving plenty of tree pieces along fairways and near sand traps.

Brian and Brenda Teague saw an opportunity among the mess. They hired out their rakes and their backs.

"My 17 year old son and I, going around the neighborhood trying to see what we can do at a reasonable price. Just helping out. Thanking God that we didn't get any worse. Praying for those that did," she said.

That's a feeling shared by many in South Mississippi, as they clean up what relatively little mess Ivan left behind.