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FERGUSON, MO. (KTVI) – Giant trees smashed homes and cars in Ferguson and several other north county communities.

Becky Grimes was with a group of chain saw volunteers from Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief.

They were helping clear away branches that covered Brenda Moore`s home on January Avenue.

'I couldn`t even find my house because it was covered,' said Moore.

Another tree stump stood more than 6 feet tall after it was blown out of the ground and standing on an end.

The damage was not limited to just one spot.  Several streets remained without power Sunday night.  Some residents grew weary over the ongoing effort to remove downed limbs.

'It`s miserable, sad and depressing,' said April Fuller.

The Salvation Army took a mobile canteen through the damaged neighborhoods, offering hot dogs and cold drinks.

Finding something to eat became a low priority for some residents more focused on cleaning up damage.

'Especially during a time of disaster, you`re concentrating on trying to remove the debris from your home,' said Maj. Lonneal Richardson, Salvation Army.

He said the mobile unit planned on being back in St. Charles and the Ferguson areas the next several days.  The Salvation Army will then help provide long term relief.

Ann Reisic described her Ferguson neighborhood as one where everyone looks out for each other.

'Most of us have lived here all of our lives and we help each other,' she said.

There are no reports of serious injuries.  For information about tree removal and updates from the City of Ferguson, go to www.fergusoncity.com.

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