Residents and Volunteers Sift through Renick Rubble

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Tuesday, March 14 2006 Mar 14, 2006 Tuesday, March 14, 2006 5:32:06 PM CST March 14, 2006 in News

John Schloot brought a dozen men and women from Hallsville to work on his crew.

"We just kind of feel like this is a Katrina in our own backyard," he explained.

Schloot donated heavy equipment to help Renick residents move what's left of their homes.

"We're going to start cleaning up," he added, "and help people find some of their personal belongings and get them back on their way."

For the young couple who lived in one home, it's almost a total loss. Their front porch steps lead to a pool of rainwater, and they're hoping Hallsville volunteers will help them salvage little things left behind.

"My grandma gave my sister some gold rings before she died," said resident Tyler Beamer. "And my grandpa, before he died, made sure his medals were to go to her."

Beamer's sister, Amanda, is lucky she survived. But the thought of losing sentimental items was the breaking point for her.

"So far, we've found one of the rings, her favorite ring," Tyler added. "And we've found three of the four medals."

No one can comprehend the destruction.

"It's been real strange as tornados can be," said Schloot. "They'll hit an area, they'll hit one house and next door, it hasn't been hit at all."

Schloot knows he can't make up for the emotional loss of losing a home, but he's doing what he can to help with the physical loss.

If you want to help in Renick, call the area relief center at 1-660-676-4672.

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