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After Irene, Raleigh working to restore power

Posted August 28, 2011 12:37 p.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2011 1:23 p.m. EDT

— Two hundred miles inland and just outside the Beltline, a Raleigh neighborhood was alive with the sounds of chainsaws Sunday after a brush with Hurricane Irene.

Chuck DeLuca said he was on the phone in his house on Myron Drive when he heard a loud noise and lost power. DeLuca said he was frightened at first when he stepped outside.

"The whole street was blocked," DeLuca said. The east Raleigh neighborhood is characterized by mature trees. 

"We had big,old oak trees come out of the ground roots and all," DeLuca said.

He praised the quick work of utility and city crews in restoring power and clearing the debris. Workers were in the neighborhood past midnight to get the lights back on, he said.

DeLuca lost some bushes and trees from the property he shares with his wife, Camilla.

"We were prepared because we've been through this before," he said. The DeLucas weathered Hurricane Fran in 1996 and several ice storms in the house, and they have lost trees before.

"It looked pretty bad, but fortunately no one was hurt, and it didn't land on the house," he said. 

On Northbrook Drive north of Interstate 440, a tree fell on Brooks Elementary School damaging brick work on the exterior.

By noon on Sunday, the City of Raleigh listed just three areas were roads were impassible:

  • The intersection of Culpepper Lane and Stevens Road in southeast Raleigh
  • Kaplan Drive near Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church in east Raleigh
  • The intersection of Canterbury and Banbury roads 

In northern Cary, a tree fell through the roof of the Stromer Drive home of Karen Cathcart. By Sunday afternoon, all the remained was a stump.