Neighbors Lend Helping Hands To Storm Victims

Strangers and neighbors are pitching in to help storm victims pick up the pieces. The tornado that swept through Columbus left a seven mile long path of destruction, with dozens of damaged homes. The day after, storm victims got some unexpected help.

Chainsaws and helping hands begin to undo the damage that the tornado left behind.

Off Whitesville Road, the Evermon family is working around the hole in their home, that used to be Wesley Evermon's room. "Like my bed is ok, but I just got a new desk, and if I would've been doing my homework, I wouldn't be here," said Wesley Evermon.

Ever since the sun came up, the Evermon's say they've received more help cleaning up than they could've asked for. "They've come from everywhere. Like I said, we had guys that heard about last night and was here within just a matter of minutes," said homeowner David Evermon.

The same generous spirit can be seen across the street in the Autumn Ridge subdivision, where dozens of homes have been damaged by wind and trees.

"First thing I saw this morning was Sam Hewitt from Columbus Outdoor Equipment. He was walking down the street handing out work gloves to people running chainsaws and everything," said storm victim John Ingle.

In a neighborhood where every other home has some kind of damage, strangers became friends. And together, clean-up from the devastating storm continues.

"The major cleanup was neighbors and friends. We started on my yard, then went across the street, helped that neighbor get the streets cleared. A big effort by everyone in the neighborhood," said Ingle.

Many people in those neighborhoods say the city has been extremely helpful in clearing the roads of debris, and getting electricity back on.