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RALEIGH -- It's clean up time in the Triangle after Wednesday's severe storms left some homes caved in from downed trees and power lines.

Many homeowners are calling on tree services to help with the loose limbs and debris left behind.

It may be the day after the storm, but Robert Brown is already looking ahead.

"This was like a mini hurricane coming through," said Robert Brown.

He's no stranger to wicked weather. Brown is a long time Chapel Hill resident with more than 30 trees on his half-acre lot. He's seen what a storm can do.

"It knocked down 15 trees down here once. She couldn't get out," said Brown.

That's why he's calling on the Everett Tree Service to pitch in.

"We just go through and do appropriate pruning and removals as we see fit," said Jimmy Everett, owner of the Everett Tree Service.

Everett said one call can help keep the nightmare of a downed tree on your roof at bay.

"A good arborist should be able to see those potential threats and make guesses on what is going to happen in the future," said Everett.

Tree service companies said it's very important to make sure the trees on your property are regularly maintained to keep old trunks from falling on your home.

However, though the storm has passed, headaches still linger for some homeowners. There were downed trees and power lines all over this home on Lee Street in Raleigh Wednesday. Experts said when trees are left in dangerous places, it's important to act fast.

"If you have water coming in the house, get the tree off the roof, take proper documentation and pictures, and find an insured guy that gets the tree off appropriately," Everett said.

As for Robert Brown, he knows a thick tree canopy needs extra attention for wild weather like this.

"Take care of the leaves [and limbs] outside of the house. Don't wait until they fall on the house," Brown said.

He said he knows it's best to prepare for a storm ahead of time before Mother Nature's at its worst.

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