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After neighborhoods take damage from storm, city makes effort to help clean up

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Friday's high winds took a toll on neighborhoods in Flint.

“This was quite a big storm, all the numbers aren't in yet, but the calls began coming in immediately after the storm went through,” said Howard Croft, Flint’s public works director.

Now, the city taking the responsibility to clean it all up.

“We removed trees and limbs that were blocking the roadways, blocking driveways. We're following that up now with a clean-up effort that is city-wide,” Croft said.

Croft said he had crews working through the weekend cleaning up the most damaged areas.

A large tree fell on a woman's home Friday after the wind storm. Today, the city is back to clean it up.

 “She was up on the roof, crawling around, trying to cut her own tree down. And I don't mind coming over here at all. They're tax payers and I want to help them out,” said Dan Schiller from street maintenance.

Inch by inch a crew removed the tree that was leaning against her home near downtown flint.

“The whole house was covered, along with her house. You couldn't even see her front porch,” Schiller said. “That's why I came over here so she could get in there at least for the weekend.”

Croft said the city is making a serious effort, even with limited resources.

“I think it shows our reactive-ness, even though we're short on work force, we're still trying to maintain the city, safety and do our best to make the city look as good as it can,” Croft said.

Many more homeowners will have their yards and streets restored in the coming days.

“So when something like this happens, it's our job. To get out there and try to clear things up and let residents know they can depend on us,” Croft said.

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