Cleanup Efforts Across The State Continue

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Volunteers from all over the state have been working hard to help people in Cordova, Sutton and Beaver Crossing get their lives back to normal. While there has been progress, the work is certainly not done yet.

Andrea Eret has spent hours clearing trees from her backyard and repairing the house in the town she and her family live in, Cordova.

After all of this work, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

"In our small community I believe everyone here is pretty much good. The work...people came in and helped right off the bat...that was tremendous," said Eret.

Many in this town told 10/11 that because of help from all of the volunteers they are bouncing back quickly. One resident even told 10/11 that she "couldn't even tell the town had ever been hit by a tornado."

Bill Sladek says that he has family out east who lost their entire farm; however, volunteers swooped in to help pick up the hundreds of items strewed across the fields.

And it is those volunteers, as well as many others, that have helped the town of Cordova get back on its feet.

"If it wasn't for all those people coming and helping...It took a lot of people to clean up this mess," said Sladek.

And Sutton isn't far behind Cordova.

The town's grocery store is back up and running, a priority in the recovery process that has made everything much easier on the people living there.

Pat Majors, who lives in Sutton, says, "You know that was a major concern because we have a very nice store and you miss that, that's part of your community."

Even Wednesday, volunteers were still coming in to the town to help move things from gutted out stores into storage.

But in Beaver Crossing, people in the town say after NEMA left Tuesday, they are already seeing less people sign up to volunteer.
Diane Freitas is a volunteer coordinator and she's happy with all of the progress they've made so far.

Thirty-five members of the York football team came into town and helped for hours.

"There's still a lot of debris everywhere so the more people you can get in the areas that are more cluttered, the quicker the clean up goes," said Freitas.

Freitas also explained that while they need more volunteers, it is important that everyone involved follows the plan in place so that volunteers are used efficiently. Certain areas of Beaver Crossing may need more work than others.

If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Shannon Chestnut at 402-532-3925 or email him at