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Last sweep of tornado debris cleanup in Lee County begins June 16

CRAWFORD, AL (WTVM) -

"This was my home."

We introduced you to Oscar Monagan the day after the April 29th E-F3 tornado left his Salem home in ruins. 

"The last time you were here you couldn't walk around. The debris was everywhere and we were in kind of a shock mode," explains Monagan.

One month later, he is well on his way to recovery thanks to great friends, help from local agencies, and his faith.

"I'm just taking my time and taking it day by day, but everything is going well. Everything is on track and I thank the Lord for taking care of me during that storm," says Monagan.

Clean up continues all along Alabama Highway 169 in the Salem/Crawford Community.

"Eventually you have to find a place where you ok, we're going to reach a stopping point and that is where we are at now," explains Rita Smith with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency.

Victims of the storm need to be aware that June 16th will mark the beginning of the last pass for debris removal by the County.

"Unfortunately the County can't go on private property," says Smith, "Get it pushed to the right of way. Don't block the road, but get it out there where they can pick it up so we can get it picked up for you to the best of our ability."

So the next step in the recovery effort? Many folks, like Monagan, will begin to rebuild their homes and their lives to start the next chapter.

"My plans are to build my home back," explains Monagan, "I'm an old retired contractor, so I'm going to take my time and move into my mobile home while doing it."

The EMA says it is not too late to register with FEMA if you haven't already. To contact FEMA call 1-800-621-3362.

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