By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2017
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Tuesday, many in South Georgia are surveying the damage to their homes after Irma.
One couple in Valdosta spent all day cleaning up after the storm.
Mary and James Lewis say they were lying in bed when a tree came crashing down, tearing through power lines, and their roof.
"We just heard a loud crash," said Mary. "It was just like something breaking, so we jumped up and ran out of the room."
The couple says the situation still seems surreal as they clean up the mess. They covered the roof and cleared tree limbs from their front lawn.
The slow progress reminded the Lewis family it could've been worse.
"It was scary and when I looked back and saw the rafters hanging over the bed, all I could do is say thank you Jesus," says Mary.
The two, still in shock thinking about their recent move, after living in a mobile home for 10 years with no damage at all. Before Irma, the couple says they were planning to buy the home, but unfortunately, not anymore.
Emergency Management officials have been getting calls about similar issues.
They say they can't remove downed trees on private property, and residents should call their insurance company to have it removed.