Danger hangs above month after Eureka tornado


The clean up is continuing in Eureka weeks after a tornado hit the town.

Thursday marked one month since an EF3 tornado ripped through Eureka causing widespread damage.

While crews have managed to move a majority of the rubble from the ground, some say there is a danger hanging above.

“Every day is a new challenge. Every tree is a new challenge,” said B.E. Mowing & Tree Service Owner Brandon Escareno.

Escareno is one of two tree services in Eureka that has a bucket truck. After the tornado hit, he said he was inundated with calls for service. 

“Very hectic. Everybody wants it done yesterday. It needs to be done yesterday,” Escareno said. “Mainly just getting the worst trees down, safe for people to walk around. We don’t want to worry about something falling on somebody.”

On Thursday, Escareno and his crew which is made up of his dad, son and family friend was tasked with freeing a headstone trapped in a large tree at the local cemetery.

“We had to use a couple ropes and swing things around. It gets very interesting,” he said.

Interesting, is just how Escareno likes it. Despite the uptick in calls after the storm, he’s grateful to call Eureka home.

“This is God’s country. Everything you need right here. A small community. Everybody pulls together for anything and everything,” he said. “Eureka strong. We’ll survive.”

Click here to learn how you can help with the clean up and tornado victims through the Greenwood County Long Term Recovery Committee.

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