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Gullywashers have crews cleaning up trees and debris

A series of heavy weekend thunderstorms downed trees and clogged stormwater systems throughout southern Orange County.

David Poythress, Carrboro’s streets superintendent, said public works crews for the town have been cleaning sand, gravel and plenty of sticks and other debris out of storm drains and culverts.

Poythress said damage from the storm was relatively light.

The heaviest damage in Carrboro came from a sweet gum, roughly 18 inches in diameter, which crushed a car and blocked Morningside Drive. Other significant damage was on West Poplar, where part of a large ash tree crashed into
the road Sunday.

Public works and landscaping crews in Chapel Hill removed 20 fallen trees on Friday and Saturday along 12 streets, including Estes Drive and Library Drive where five utility poles came down.

Rain gauges at the Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s Jones Ferry Road water-treatment plant recorded 1.66 inches of rain Friday night, 2.6 inches Saturday and .45 inches Sunday — a combination that exceeded the combined rainfall recorded at the plant in June, July and August of 2007. — Staff Reports

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