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Berkeley County continues to clean up from the winter storm

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The Tavelle family works to clean up their yard. The Tavelle family works to clean up their yard.
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC -

The roar of chainsaws is becoming a familiar sound across Berkeley County.

Saturday, dozens of neighbors were out in their yards cleaning up the debris leftover from this week's winter storm. Large limbs and tress were scattered across many yards in the area.

The Tavelle family spent the entire day cutting limbs and moving them to the road to picked up by crews.

"It's a lot of broken things and damaged things, but we'll get through it," Kelly Tavelle said.

Tavelle has lived in Bonneau for many years. On Tuesday, as the storm came through, she said the sound of the trees snapping is one she will never forget.

"[I heard] this constant snap, crack," she said. "During [Hurricane] Hugo you couldn't hear it, but you could hear it. It was scary. You kept just wondering are we going to be ok?"

While the Tavelle family has had their power turned back on, others are not so lucky.

To help many families survive the cold temperatures, the American Red Cross provided meals to those in need in St. Stephen.

"It's a great opportunity because it's been getting expensive," Bridgett Hood said. "Going into town, it's gotten pretty expensive pretty quick."

Hood and her 84-year-oldmother have spent the last few days staying warm by only one kerosene heater in their home. Crews from Berkeley Electric Co-op were out in full force Saturday making sure power gets restored.

Officials said this is the worst power outage they've experienced in the history of their company. They hope power is back on by early next week.

If you or someone you know may need a warm meal, the American Red Cross is offering meals at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Meals will be served at: St. George Middle School (600 Minus Street) and at St. Stephen Elementary School (1053 Russellville Road).

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