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Eric Calder and his son Thomas, 14, help move large tree limbs from a neighbors backyard after an ice storm, in northwest Austin on Feb. 2, 2023. Calder and his son were part of a neighborhood effort to clean up their neighbor's yards.

Chainsaws and dry socks: Austinites step up for neighbors during ice storm

Friends in North Austin removed downed trees from neighbors’ roofs, while closer to the city core, volunteers rushed to meet the immediate needs of people without homes — those most severely impacted by the freezing temperatures.

Aaron Nightingale clears away tree limbs from his backyard after an ice storm, in northwest Austin on Feb. 2, 2023. A large limb pierced through a portion of Nightingale's roof, but he was able to clear the rest with the help of Eric Calder and his son.
Thomas Calder, 14, examines a branch that landed on a set of monkey bars at the playground behind the neighborhood community center, in northwest Austin on Feb. 2, 2023. "At least the little kids will be able to reach the rungs now," said Calder, who grew up going to the playground.
Eric Calder and his son Thomas, 14, speak with neighbors who have come to a neighborhood community center to charge phones and other devices, in northwest Austin on Feb. 2, 2023. One man said he had visited earlier in the morning, and had seen about 15 other people using the facility to warm up.

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