Cleaning Up Hurricane Damage

SEPTEMBER 15, 2005 -- Hurricane Ophelia blew in and nearly refused to blow out. The entire day Wednesday she pounded beaches and rocked boats. Some faired the storm better than others.

Frank Lindsey lost both his boats. His sailboat "Las Bresas" fell victim to her Spanish name, "The Breezes." She caught the wind and landed against Lindsey's sea wall. His other boat is half submerged with water, but Lindsey says it's all replaceable.

His neighbor's boat is also loss. Crews spent Wednesday afternoon trying to upright the capsized "Grady White."

Though not unexpected, another condemned house on Ocean Isle collapsed in the sea. Crews are working quickly to collect the remains.

Airlie Gardens lost nearly 40 trees to the storm, but the prize tree, the Airlie Oak, survived the storm. Other trees weren't so lucky. A hundred year old oak took part of the garden's history down with it.

The damage from Brunswick County to New Hanover County is comparatively minor to other storms. Emergency management officials say cleaning up after Ophelia is a task they are prepared for.

Reported by Ashley Hayes