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Neighbors work together after tornado hits Jefferson

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The day after the tornado ripped through Jefferson, this tight knit community spent the day, picking up the debris and pulling itself together.

Contractor and Jefferson resident Lew Smith said "neighbors are, friends, relatives, contractors are coming in from all over, they're giving out free food to the people, it's making a good situation out of a bad situation."

And for Jefferson, that bad situation was a tornado which hit the community of Wynstone hard.

Jefferson resident Scott Smith said "you can't really get out of the way of something like this. If it's coming at you and your house, you're just going to have to hunker down and hope for the best."

Jefferson resident Ryan Dial said "it's a very tight knit community, and it was amazing to see, how minutes after the storm passed, the entire neighborhood was out in the streets clearing streets."

Dial is doing his part by serving up burgers, hot off the grill, for the neighbors and clean up crews.

"To see people helping each other, not only cleaning up the mess in the yards but helping, lending a hand to stay at their house if they need to, people feeding other people, that sort of thing. That's good to see," Dial said.

"Situations like this, Americans always pull together.  The community pulls together. It's what we are, it's what we do. We pull together," Lew Smith said.

The powerful winds may have knocked down trees and damaged homes, but it hasn't destroyed this community.


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