Volunteers Helping Clean Up Storm Damage In Berkeley

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BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)-- One week after tornadoes steam rolled through the St. Louis area volunteers plan to meet to continue the big job of cleaning up.  There are so many homes with limbs down.

Althea Clay has big tree limbs scattered all over her backyard.  She said, “I am very overwhelmed, I’m frustrated I’m overwhelmed, I’m a little perturbed.”

She lives in Woodson Terrace and the tree limbs are from her neighbors’ property.  She can’t afford to hire a company to clean it up and she can’t do it herself, she’s on disability. She’s hoping someone will offer her assistance.  She said, “It would be absolutely difficult I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.”

Meanwhile, volunteers will be on the streets of Berkeley Saturday.  The mayor put out a request for help and folks from St. Louis, mid Missouri even Tennessee plan to pitch-in. Mayor Theodore Hoskins said, “The response I’m receiving, the generosity of the residents the generosity of the people who want to volunteer it makes me feel good.”  Some 75 volunteers will be picking up debris that line the streets.  For some homeowners it’s their second tornado in two years.

Andre Brown’s home and vehicle have been hit twice.  Brown said, “It was unbelievable two times in a row, two vans destroyed from two trees coming from the same house it’s just unbelievable.”

He says the volunteers will be warmly welcomed because he’s heard some insurance companies won’t cover the cost of debris removal.  The free labor will not only make neighborhoods look nicer it’s another step on the road to recovery.

Brown said, “It restores your faith in man because there’s so much going on in the world right now you heard about all the bad things it’s nice to hear someone doing something good for somebody else that they don’t even know.”

The mayor said when residents lost power they also lost the food in their freezers and refrigerators.  He’s hoping a company will step forward and donate meat for those folks.