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Arlington neighborhood damaged by tornado braces for more rain

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Updated: 8/03/2013 11:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just two days after a tornado ripped through an Arlington community, leaving leaky roofs in its wake, neighbors now have to worry about more rain.

On Saturday, the Shadow Wood Townhome community was taken over by heavy duty machinery and the sound of chainsaws. They’re working fast to try and beat the rain so more water doesn’t get inside already leaky homes.

Phyllis Swenson has lived in the neighborhood for the past 30 years. She was home on Thursday when suddenly the weather turned ugly.

"I hollered at my husband, 'I think the rain is coming', it wasn't rain. When I came out it was black out there, it was blowing," said Swenson.

Many homes suffered roof damage as trees came crashing down and the heavy winds lifted roof shingles. An entire building had to be condemned.

With heavy rains in the forecast this weekend, people who live here are not taking any chances.

"I don't think it's good for a lot of people," said Swenson.

Swenson's favorite summer time flag still hangs above her porch, it reads "just another day in paradise". She says it's a motto that still fits the community she calls home.

"It blew off and I told my husband get it hung back up again. I mean here we are in paradise and all the trees are down," said Swenson as she laughed.

Swenson says her porch received the most damage. Many of her neighbors are now staying with relatives while their homes get repaired.

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