Irma leaves tree damage in her wake

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - While the Wiregrass escaped the worst of Irma, the storm left its mark. Mostly downed trees and some are still out of power and at least one family had to stay somewhere else tonight.

Jessica Brackins and her family have lived in their Dothan home on Roosevelt Drive for a year and a half. But they were forced out after tropical storm Irma moved through.

"I was in the kitchen making coffee and the kids were playing,” said Brackins. “My husband was napping from staying up watching the weather over night. We heard a rumble and a tree snapped and fell on top of the roof. It shook the house!”

The tree damaged three rooms inside and demolished the kid's swing set. Yet, the family of four is staying positive.

"Don't for one second let your guard down, be prepared for sure,” added Brackins.

Insurance was there just hours after they made the phone call and got to work ASAP. The Brackins weren’t the only ones dealing with tree damage, other homes in Dothan have also been affected by Irma.
A truck was also struck driving down West Main Street, blocking traffic.

Between fallen trees and strong winds, thousands of people lost power in Dothan and Houston County. Dothan Fire Marshal Chris Etheredge says in total, 1,300 customers with Dothan Utilities had lost power and 1,700 with Wiregrass Electric lost power.

Timothy Brackins has one piece of advice for homeowners.

"Be aware of the condition of the trees around your house."

Fortunatel,y no injuries were reported. The Brackins will be staying with family in Dothan. The city is asking that limbs and trees placed on the curb be cut in sections no longer than 5 feet.

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