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Island residents begin clean-up after hurricane

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Whitemarsh, Wilmington, and Talahi Island residents who stayed behind to ride out Hurricane Irma began cleanup Tuesday. (Credit: Josie Gregory)

Whitemarsh, Wilmington, and Talahi Island residents who stayed behind to ride out Hurricane Irma began clean-up on Tuesday.

"I'm doing minor cleanup after Hurricane Irma. This has been a lot lighter than Matthew as far as tree debris," Randall Davis, an island resident, said.

Davis said his Talahi Island home is fine, with only a few tree limbs scattered around the yard. He said he is more concerned about his two homes on Tybee Island, one of which is beachfront.

"We're worried about it. We can't get to it because our driver's license gives an in-town address, so they won't let us pass the bridge down there," he said.

Adina Ripley and her family remained in Chatham County for the storm; however, they did not take any chances. Ripley lives on the lake and was worried about the winds coming off the water.

"We had to put up all the boards on the windows and the doors, and we had to get all the refrigerator and freezer food thrown out," she said.

A tree limb fell on her neighbor's roof. Her home is still intact, but has no power.

"I think Matthew damage was a lot worse than Irma," Ripley said.

The family of five and their dog are staying with her mother-in-law in a one bedroom apartment down the road.

Other island residents had the same clean-up mentality.

A large tree fell into one resident's home. Two men spent Tuesday morning cutting the limbs and hauling them to the curb.

Chatham County will begin debris pick-up for the unincorporated areas Thursday. The City of Savannah will start debris pickup Wednesday.

Drop-off locations for debris will include the Chevis Road Drop-off Center and the Wilmington Island (Concord Road) Drop-off Center. Both centers will be open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Sharon Drop-off Center on Kelly Hill Road will be open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.