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Jefferson residents move forward after tornado damaged neighborhood

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Jefferson residents continue their cleanup efforts in the wake of Friday's tornado.

But in the midst of a government shut down, federal aid could be slow.

Behind the gated community of Wynstone, the cleanup of the aftermath of Friday's tornado continues as it's residents move forward.

Jefferson resident Shanin Harding said "a lot of the contractors are so backlogged that they're going to come and at least secure your house so that if it rains or snows, we don't get the outside elements inside of the house, like what happened last night because of the rain."

And putting their houses back to normal will take a little patience.

"Just to be able to not have the rain come in the house will be a blessing but, but I'm sure as I continue to look at the holes in the sheet rock it will probably be harder and harder as time goes by.  You want to get that stuff fixed but we'll just have to do the best we can with it.

Crews armed with chainsaws tackle the damage wrought by Mother Nature. But state senator Dan Lederman said whether or not the area qualifies for federal disaster relief is to be determined.

"I plan on keeping track of the situation. I do plan on talking with the governor's office to see what the next move is, but before there is any assistance, there would have to be an assesment made to see if we hit the threshold that's designated by FEMA," Lederman said.

"There's a lot of damage out here with a lot of trees.  A lot of loss of property.  Obviously we have a lot of damage to our house, not only the outside but the inside just trying to get everything secure, so any assistance that would be offered would be very helpful," Harding said.

But right now, they're not waiting for anyone to come to their rescue.  They say they've done it before and they can do it again.

"We lived through the 500-year flood a couple years ago and everybody pulled together.  So, this is just another example of as a community here at Wynstone how we can pull together and help each other out," Harding said.

Residents tell us they're not too worried about the government shutdown affecting the chance to get aid from FEMA, but say they would be grateful for any assistance they could get.

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