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COLUMBIA — The devastation from Monday night's storm is apparent from the roof of Stephen Bybee's house at 205 Spring Valley Road on Wednesday evening. A large tree was uprooted to the south of the Bybees' house. A 150-year-old oak tree to the north was significantly damaged as well, and the home's roof was left with holes. Like thousands of other Columbia residents, they have been without power since Monday night, but they stored some perishable food at a neighbor's house, which has a generator.
The view from the 700 block of West Boulevard shows damage from the storm and the city's efforts to restore electricity as a worker services the power lines that cross the street.
Jessica and Neil Kohler lost several trees during the stor Monday night, but by far the largest was this one in their backyard, with an exposed root mass measuring upwards of 20 feet from the top of the structure to the bottom of the crater. Jessica and Neil rallied their friends to help clear the fallen trees and remove debris on West Rollins Road on Saturday morning, with around 30 people pitching in to help throughout the day.