It was a relaxing evening of reading the paper and talking on the phone for Scott Swann at his Bethany Drive home until his wife commented she heard a train coming. Knowing the weather situation, Mr. Swann said he got off the phone so he could hear better. Realizing that the sound was getting closer to their house, the Swanns ran into a bedroom in the center of the house and shut the door.
"Then it hit, and when it got over the top of us, the noise was so loud ... and I heard things breaking, and I heard things falling on top of the house, and I heard the windows breaking. I heard the front porch being ripped off the front of the house... and the only tree I heard fall was the one that came through the house. Then there was a pretty strong smell of pine, so I knew we had a pretty big tree inside the house. And we got down on the floor and prayed for it to end as quick as it could," he said.
As soon as the chaos ended, Mr. Swann said he called his father and said they were going to have to go stay with him because they had a tree in their house.
"Then we walked outside, and I called him back and said he was going to have to come pick us up because both cars were destroyed," he said.
The next day, Mr. Swann said he was overwhelmed with the help he received when people arrived from McDuffie County, Augusta, Wrens, Washington, Clarksville and Gainesville.
"It's been amazing how the community has come out, not just to my yard but the whole neighborhood," he said. "I thought that place would look like a disaster zone for weeks, if not months, and people just came from all over and pitched in and cleaned it up a whole lot faster."