EDEN, NC -- Storm clean-up continues in Rockingham County after a tornado ripped through parts of Eden on Friday morning – damaging homes and businesses and knocking down trees and power lines.
25 homes and nine businesses in Eden were damaged by the tornado.
Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon -- asking the state for financial assistance to help with clean-up.
But in the meantime, neighbors are leaning on each other to get things back to normal as soon as possible.
It could take days, weeks, or even months to clean up all the storm debris in Eden.
But Paul Collins says he might never get over the feeling of what it’s like to live through a tornado.
“I got up and I had no power and then I walked around the house and it looked like a jungle,” said Collins.
When an EF-1 tornado with 110 mile per hour winds ripped through Eden Friday morning, it brought down six trees in Collins’ yard and one even crashed on top of his house!
“I know I'm going to be out of the house for a while so I'm just going to take it step-by-step,” said Collins. “I'm just glad it happened to my house and not me.”
Now, he’s starting the long process of rebuilding.
“I've been doing it all day,” said Collins. “Got a big mess to clean up.”
But he’s not alone.
Volunteers with God’s Pit Crew – a disaster relief group out of Danville spent the day in Eden, helping neighbors clean up storm damage free of charge!
“Helping people makes a world of difference,” said Randy Mattox with God’s Pit Crew. “You get paid when you see a smile on a face and make a difference in life.”
They still have a lot of work to do, but Collins says he’ll be ready for the next storm.
“It just lets me know anything to happen at anytime to anybody,” he said. “I'll just have to prepare for it the best I can.”
Luckily, officials say there have not been any deaths or injuries reported from this tornado.
Still, several roads in the city of Eden remain blocked off from the public while crews to continue to work.
The Rockingham County landfill has waived all charges for the next week so people can drop off their storm debris free of charge.
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