Two days after an EF-2 tornado ripped through a neighborhood in northern Morton homeowners and volunteers are working to recover their homes and properties homes from the inside and out have had their roofs torn off, walls busted out and furniture blown through the yard.
While many in northern Morton are thankful Thursday’s storm and tornado didn’t severely hurt anyone in their community, the second nightmare with cleaning up the mess has only just begun.
Up and down dummy line road and Oakdale Ave., people were out at the crack of dawn working non-stop clearing trees and debris from their homes.
“I was here at 6:30 and we were here until after dark last night,” homeowner John Paul Wallace said. “So all my guys got here about 6:30pm yesterday morning and they stayed till about 4:30 p.m-5:00 p.m.”
Many neighbors say the damage to the homes is heartbreaking.
“Hurts me so bad I couldn’t help but cry,” Janelle Anderson told us. “It hurt me there are too many memories here.”
Walking inside the houses shows just how deadly this tornado could have been. When you look around roofs are completely torn off, walls and windows are busted out turning once family rooms into disasters.
“My wife she comes in from up there and she went on in here over on the couch,” Houston Westerfield said. “And I come in and I think that wind blew me on in here.”
In one home on Oakdale Ave., a man showed us how he got his kids to safety when the winds shattered his windows.
Now, neighbors in Morton are getting help from friends and strangers after the storm.
“I don’t know how I could ever repay them,” Chuck Hines said. “We couldn’t have done it without their help or equipment. We had a lot of machines in the yard and a lot of good strong backs holding chainsaws and moving stuff around. It was definitely a blessing.”
Through it all Morton has not lost its faith.
People of North Morton Baptist Church also told me they’ll be holding a big breakfast gathering for storm victims on Easter Sunday at 7:00 a.m. before the Easter service. Then the community will start day three of cleaning up their homes.