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Faces of the Storm: The Chainsaw Army

Except for the extra decisions, the clean-up after the tornado was all in a day's work for Lawson Fulbright, a foreman for Prince Tree and Stump Removal. Mr. Fulbright said he had no idea that his day was going to be so busy when he was standing out on his porch watching the rain the previous night.

"Everything was calm, but two streets over, I later found out houses were being destroyed," he said.

In the midst of moving large logs with his Bobcat, Mr. Fulbright said the most difficult part of the day was prioritizing the jobs. He said most of the jobs he was looking at Friday would normally be "good three-day jobs," but due to the large volume, they would "take three weeks to completely finish" because he would have to leave them to take care of others.

"Dealing with the chaos is the most difficult," the six-year tree removal veteran said. "But I like storm damage ... as long as nobody gets hurt. It's what we're here for. Houses can be rebuilt."

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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