Thursday morning we woke up to the sound of the tornado sirens. We don't take them lightly so I jumped out of bed and ran for the TV to see where the storm was and which direction it was heading. It was south of us and was moving fast. The tornadoes went south and east of us, but we had high winds and tons of rain. Once the storm was over we went outside to inspect for any damage.
We were fortunate. We had a few small branches on the ground from the wind. But we have a very helpful and experienced cleanup crew. Morgan was the first to grab a branch.
Fudge found one hanging almost to the ground. With a little help he got it out of the tree.
Norma Jean found another that was hanging.
Bailey spotted a branch on the ground.
She dragged it up the hill where we were collecting the branches.
Norma Jean found a small branch part way down the hill.
She dragged it back up the hill.
She was good at spotting the small branches.
This one looked like it needed immediate mulching.
Tsar was part of the grounds crew.
He tackled a good sized branch.
He thought it might be good for chewing.
Meanwhile Morgan was still working on the first one she found. She chose to settle down in the mud to trim it.
Samba discovered a branch and tried to bring it to us, but with her jaw problems she was having a tough time with it.
Problem solved. She rested the branch across her back and it was easier to drag.
Lola was hard at work, too.
Tsar was trimming the ends off his branch.
Sky's branch was putting up a good fight.
Instead of carrying hers all the way up hill, Lola settled down under the holly to work on it.
Teamwork seemed like a good idea. Tess and Bailey worked together on this branch.
Now that all the damaged branches were collected, the crew settled down to work on the mulching. We've had lots of rain since Thursday and the yard is all muddy, but once the sun comes out again, the crew will get back to work keeping the yard free of broken branches.