Enterprise Tornado Recovery Update

Teams of volunteers are canvassing the tornado-ravaged neighborhoods of Enterprise this week. The assessment workers are looking to talk to those victims who still have unmet needs from the March 1st storm.

Husband and wife, John and Ginny Swierenga, are retired school teachers from Michigan. They're now volunteers with faith-based, Disaster Response Services. The couple, along with several others from that organization, are canvassing the storm ravaged neighborhoods of Enterprise.

"Some don't have insurance, some have insurance, but it's not enough. They wonder, and worry to where to go," the Swierenga’s said.

For the victims, they've been amazed by the outpouring of different groups and individuals looking to help.

"It’s been tremendous helping folks here. Helping get them back into their homes and getting back to normal living," said James Bragg.

Although the tornado came through Enterprise two-months-ago, the victims are still trying to find things that disappeared.

Myra Olmstead is in the process of packing her belongings. She must move while work crews repair her Crescent Street home. "You [want] to sit down on the outdoor furniture, but it's gone. You go to cook on the stove, but it’s also gone. Things like that happen on a normal day now."

The volunteer needs assessment teams will continue gathering information through this week.

Storm victims who would like additional information on services available can contact the Recovery Organization of Coffee County at 347-1011.


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