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Massive tree in Columbus family's swimming pool

COLUMBUS, GA - Strong winds and heavy rains drenched parts of our area Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee moved through the southeast.

We have had reports of minor damage from the storms that tore through the Valley, but one Columbus family came home to a shock in their backyard: a massive tree floating in their swimming pool.

Allan Johnston and his parents just arrived home Monday after a Labor Day vacation in Florida.

"I was actually riding through Dothan and got a picture message through my cell phone that we had a tree in our pool.  I said, no, there's no way," said Johnston.

The Valley was rocked with storms on Labor Day.  Winds in Columbus were 10 to 30 mph, and the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee toppling trees like this one full of leaves and in wet soil.

Johnston and his parents just had a new liner installed in their pool 4 days ago.  Now, they do not know how long it will be before they will have their pool back.

"I have no idea.  We've never experienced a whole tree down.  So, I have no idea.  Probably a lot of work though," said Johnston.

So far, we have had no reports of injuries in the Valley from these storms.  Johnston says he is thankful too.

"Thank God.  It could have been a whole lot worse.  Could have hit somebody in the back yard or could have hit the house."

Now, Johnston and his family will pick up the pieces and probably will not be hitting the pool again until next summer.

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