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Volunteers in North Texas work to remove debris from ice storm

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The ice storm may feel like ancient history on a warm day like Tuesday, but there are still plenty of reminders of the toll it took on trees.

Some of that tree damage is too much for homeowners to handle, and in Richardson, volunteers are helping to clear the debris at one house in particular that had broken tree limbs hanging on power lines.

The homeowner, local pastor Bruce Cargile, says the volunteers are a blessing.

"I've called dozens of tree limb service places," said Cargile. "Some of them just can't handle a tree this big."

Others are booked up for several weeks, and that's where the Texas Baptist Men, a group of volunteers made up of mostly retirees, come in.

"We've done three or four churches and about 10 or 12 homes," said one of the volunteers, Ron Freeze.  

The tree limb removal volunteers have been focusing on helping the elderly and people who simply can't afford tree removal costs.

"It was going to cost several thousand dollars, and these guys came in and did it for free, just out of the love of their heart," said Cargile.

They've been working around the clock since the ice storm hit and have 70 work orders completed thanks to long days of hard work, but many more to go.

They're group isn't taking on any more work orders currently. There's about 14 crews working in the Metroplex, and groups from New Mexico and Mississippi have also come in to help.

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