Tornado Recovery Efforts

by Brittany Harris on September 23, 2010 at 4:14 am

The sound of chainsaws fill the air here in Crooksville as families attempt to restore their homes and salvage their prized possessions.

"Just taking it a day at a time, we’ve got, the insurance company has been here, but we’ve got to get a contractor to get a bid which we have someone lined up, they just haven’t gotten here yet," said Tornado Victim Ed Willison.

The Crooksville Fire Department is continuing to lend a helping hand even after the disaster.

"What we’re doing right now is we’ve got crews standing by, we’re checking the area twice a day to make sure that you know people don’t need anything else and things are secure, and watching out for some of the people that are burning some of the twigs and leaves and some of the stuff that’s fallen off and collected." said Fire Chief Fred Redfern of the Crooksville Fire Department.

Despite the damage these homes have sustained, many families say they’re happy to be alive.

One local club is stepping forward to help out the families who have been severely affected.

"We’re going to be able to help all the houses, all the homeowners out here with hopefully a gift card so they can go get food and cleaning supplies and some of the stuff so they can try to get their selves back to normal as best they can," said Ed Gamble of the Roseville Lion’s Club.

Many locals agree that the community support has been outstanding and the assistance during this time of devastation has truly been appreciated.