Ayden Mayor: Downed Trees, Power Outages Worse Than Floyd

Town of Ayden says, Thursday Governor Beverly Perdue visited with Ayden officials at the request of Mayor Steve Tripp. "Our community has undergone significant damage caused by Hurricane Irene,"

Mayor Steve Tripp who sat down wit the Governor Thursthat told Perdue that over 20 homes were impacted by direct tree strikes with roughly 5 of them becoming uninhabitable.

It was reported that more than half of the properties in Ayden suffered some form of damage due to debris or water damage.

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About 300 customers in the town of Ayden in Pitt County are still waiting for power to come back on, but town officials say it could be Friday before that happens.

Large oak trees that line the historic district splintered and split onto homes, into yards and on power lines during the storm.

Extra crews have come to remove most of the debris but it's taking quite some time to remove some of the large century old trees from the roads.

Mayor Steve Tripp says the damage was worse than Hurricane Floyd in terms of the amount of trees downed and the length of time people have been without power.

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