Renick Still Recovering from Tornado as More Storms Threaten

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago March 30, 2006 Mar 30, 2006 Thursday, March 30 2006 Thursday, March 30, 2006 5:42:55 PM CST in News
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Mayor Daren Barfield said he's worked almost non-stop since the devastating twister hit town in early March, killing four people and damaging or even destroying numerous homes like Bill Prange's.

"I'll call and see if I can't get them to come down here," Barfield told him.

"Things are just terrible right now," added Prange, who's lived in the small town for almost 60 years.

Before the tornado hit, Barfield almost quit as mayor, but he's not looking back.

"It's been pretty stressful," he admitted. "I put a lot of hours in. Everyday, we have different volunteers from different spots."

One of those volunteers, David Lemonnier, said, "He's made sure that someone's at least visited, even if the help is not there."

Reminders throughout town show where the tornado touched down. But, despite signs that things are improving, some residents are still afraid.

"It scares me," admitted Norma Hall. "I've never been afraid of storms. But now, when the train comes through in Renick, I'm up. I hide for cover."

"We're still kind of down on our knees trying to get back up on our feet," Barfield explained. "But we'll do it."

The mayor also met Thursday with a non-profit group that helps build homes.

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