People in Lewis pick up after storms

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Some of the around 500 residents of Lewis come together to help one another after a tornado ripped through town.

Volunteer firefighter Javier Holguin was one of them.

"I mean, you got people walking around in people's yards picking up, helping picking up, uh making sure everybody's ok. The community as itself is just, on top of it."

He says people were out as early as 7 in the morning. Volunteers and community members worked together, using different equipment to handle the debris left behind. Javier says the debris includes one big tree that narrowly missed a line of houses.

"It was a very big tree, I mean it pretty much was from one driveway to the road. It was just an overall huge tree. Easily, you know, around 4 to 5 feet in diameter."

Poles were snapped in half, lines hanging low, roofs gone, and trees sitting on top of people's homes.

Jazmin Marquez' home was one of the homes hit, and it it wasn't something she expected.

"We've never had a tornado in town, or get so close to town, so we just, you know, run to a basement, get safe," she says.

Fortuntely, she and her family weren't home at the time, because they went to a shelter in another part of town.

"Just a few seconds later we came out, and it was silent," she says.

The tree was eventually lifted from her home with the help of family members, friends and community members. She says without them, it wouldn't have been possible.

"It means a lot, it means that when you least, when you don't expect the help from your neighbors and friends and family."
 

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