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"Chainsaw Gang" bringing a friendly sound to Hannibal storm cleanup


The massive clean up effort continues in Hannibal two days after 100 mph, straight line winds tore through town.

People have been working non-stop to clear downed trees from their property. At the debris drop off site near 3rd and Jefferson, piles of tree trunks, branches and other storm debris stretch for blocks.

But for the elderly and others who just can't do the work themselves, help has arrived from the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Chainsaw Crew.

At Frank Quintana's house near 7th and Butler, fallen trees snapped power lines and left a dangerous situation for families on the block. 

Quintana says he could never clean this all up himself.

"We've got two kids in that house that are maybe two to three years old, right there we got about four, over there we got kids, right here we got kids, right here we got kids," Quintana said.

Al Groner says his crew has already done 15 jobs since the storm hit.

"Wow, unbelievable all these big trees falling and very few houses damaged, and no lives lost. That's wonderful," Groner said.

Quintana says he's thankful crews have finally made their way to his home.

"This area is usually forgotten about during the winter or storms like this, so whoever called [and told them] is from God," Quintana said.

Crews will continue working throughout the week to get downed limbs off the streets.

If you have any trees or branches you need to remove, you can leave them on the curb for crews to pick up, or take your debris to the South Main site. Logs are requested to be no longer than 4-foot long.

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