Saturday, April 21, 2012
A week after the EF-3 tornado hit the area, there are piles of tree limbs and debris on the side of the roads.
"I came right after the storm hit. I had to climb down the street. You couldn't walk down the street at all," said Lorenzo Starks, whose home was damaged by the tornado.
Last Saturday, debris blocked many streets in Oaklawn and the Pinaire Mobile Home Park.
"I didn't know what to expect. I knew a tornado hit and we were coming back to see the wreckage and the damage. I didn't know if people died. Well, I've just never been in nothing like that. I kind of had a feeling of confusion," said Starks.
It was a busy and confusing week for many people in the disaster zone. A week after the storm, they said they were seeing progress.
"They did a lot of improvement and cleaning up the neighborhood pretty fast 'cause you couldn't really move around," said Starks.
Volunteers from disaster relief organizations have helped with the clean up effort. They said that they have seen the community coming together.
"It's been pretty neat to be able to watch that healing. Healing is probably the best word for that. So, they've all had a chance to reunite, see those people that they drive by every day," said Mark Stump, United Way.
Families like Starks' said they felt lucky to be alive and were grateful to the greater community for helping them recover.
"Makes me feel real good that there's a lot of people in the world that still do good things for people and don't expect anything back," said Starks.
If you'd like to volunteer, there's a 24-hour hotline, by dialing 2-1-1.