Enterprise Tornado Recovery Update

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

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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  • by michelle Location: newton, al on May 3, 2007 at 12:03 PM
    I feel sorry for the ones who lost there children.
  • by sharron mckenzie Location: enterprise on May 3, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    we really have had some great people helping all of us as victims out, we cannot express the gratitude we have for the people that helped us, but its so amazing that we have to give our life and tell them everything about us from what type food we eat each day to get money donated to us from people an organizations. I feel personally this is done to discourage alot of people knowing alot of the information requested is gone anyway and we don't have it. All of the citizens of Enterprise are not dishonest, me and my husband lost everything in the storm and we feel like were begging the city of enterprise for money donated to help us. and that is not a good feeling at all.
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