NC storm cleanup continues

North Carolina is still cleaning up after an ice storm struck more than a month ago.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | THOMASVILLE, N.C. | January 7, 2003

Parts of North Carolina are still cleaning up after an ice storm struck more than a month ago.

While cleanup is nearly complete in the Raleigh-Durham area, according to local disaster responders, there is still quite a bit of chainsaw work left.

According to Bill Tarlton, a volunteer with the North Carolina Baptist Conference, he and his volunteers have recently been receiving an average of 10 to 15 phone calls a day from people who need help cleaning up their property.

Tarlton said he has a backlog of more than 170 cleanup jobs, and that more are likely to come in.

Cleaning up debris is pretty much all that remains to be done, he said, since few homes incurred any damage from the storm.

Tarlton and his group are set up in the Trinity Baptist Church, and they are still working full-time, coordinating the efforts of more than a dozen volunteers on the average weekday and about 80 people on weekends.

While Lin Honeycutt, Tarlton's counterpart in Durham, has closed down the full-time operation he had set up at the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, Tarlton said that he would not have that option in the near future.

The Thomasville area, he said, was hit harder by the ice storm, and a larger area was affected mainly a stretch about 30 miles along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Lincoln.

Most of Tarlton's volunteers are from North Carolina, but he did have some teams come from Tennessee and South Carolina three weeks ago.

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