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Sand Mountain crews work to clean up storm damage

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Work has continued at the Desoto State Park Work has continued at the Desoto State Park
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Crews are still cleaning up at Desoto State Park in DeKalb County, which was damaged during Monday's storms.

On Wednesday, they had a little help from a group of Alabama Baptists.

The Baptist Association played a key role in the tornado damage from two years ago, so they pulled their chainsaws out again to help.

Since Tuesday, work has continued at the Desoto State Park.  Trees and their limbs are now gone from atop the lodge roof where they were on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, power crews were on scene Wednesday attempting to restore power to the facility that is temporarily running on generator power.

The Alabama Baptists brought in a crew of a dozen people from Jackson and DeKalb counties to aid in the cleanup. The group brought donated equipment and provided free labor to help get the park back open as quickly as possible.

"Oh, it's pretty bad.  It looks like straight line wind instead of a tornado, but it's strong wind and a lot of big trees," said David Patty with the Alabama Baptist Association.

Patty hopes they will finish up the work by the end of the day on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service looked at the damage in Albertville. They said powerful straight-line winds caused the damage there, not a tornado.

The youth baseball tournament was postponed due to the damage. Plans are to have it next weekend.

Of the nine fields at the Albertville Rec Center, five have been affected. Some had scoreboards blown away, some had damage to dugouts, and most of the buildings at the facility had roof damage.

Because of that, officials decided to postpone the tournament by a week.

The tournament also happens to be the largest fundraiser of the year for the program. The tournament raises funds to put back into the program to keep it running.

Rec officials hope damage repair will not have an impact when most sports begin in about a month.

"All the other repairs we should be able to do during the day and then still be able to play.  We'll clean up every night after they do their construction work and be ready to play in the evenings.  Hopefully, it won't put us behind schedule on doing anything as far as games," said Albertville Park and Recreation Director Phillip Formby.

He said the two fields needed to conduct the tournament will be ready.

At least 26 of the 28 teams have committed to play on the rescheduled date for next weekend.

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