Community Works Together To Clean Up Storm Damaged Hazelwood

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- Clean up in the hot zone in Hazelwood is in high gear. Power crews are working hard as homeowners remove storm damaged stuff from their property. The city is bringing in more dumpster for debris.

Members of Faith Church cook three meals a day for anyone who`s hungry.  Katrina Shaw with the church said, "We actually have missions and things we do around the world but really want to reach in our own back yard in our community."

Other people volunteered to cut up drowned trees.  Volunteer Melissa Hazelwood said, "If you walked around these streets and saw the damage you`d want to help as well."

One woman who went through the Good Friday tornado two years ago said storm victims should prepare to be patient.  Anne Kinealy`s home was damaged in 2011 and she said it may be six months to a year before the residents in Hazelwood can move back into their homes. She said there was a silver lining in the dark clouds.   Kinealy added, "New furniture in my bedroom. It was really exciting to come home. We picked out stuff light fixtures, flooring, cabinets, kitchen."

Some homeowners in the devastated neighborhoods are just grateful to be alive. Brenda Tenshler said, "I`d like to have a new kitchen and all, but it don`t matter. Madden asks: What matters? As long as were okay were here were living."