Poole Elementary School on Wayside Lane also suffered a direct hit, losing part of its roof. Several portable classroom trailers were overturned.
Volunteers gathered at Poole on Saturday were asked to bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, gloves, chainsaws and other items needed to remove trees, tree limbs and trash.
Richardson said he helped organize the cleanup in 2009 after floods ravaged the same area. While many homeowners have since taken out insurance to cover direct hits on their homes from such disasters, the insurance does not cover fallen debris such as downed trees outside their homes.
Richardson said Saturday’s volunteers will be a big help in clearing trees and fallen branches, which otherwise would cost homeowners hundreds of dollars.
Richardson said the volunteers focused on helping homeowners in 19 “hotspots” where damage was greatest. Those areas included sections of Mount Olivet Road in Dallas, Thorn Ticket Drive in Rockmart and Wayside Lane in the area of Poole Elementary.