Volunteers continue Eureka cleanup efforts 3 days after tornado


Whether it’s sifting through the damage or covering up the roof of a home, the efforts to piece everything back together in Eureka continue.

“That big mess pile over there, that was my garage,” explained Michael Hays. 

While keeping a sense of humor about the storm that demolished his garage and damaged his roof, Michael also feels fortunate. 

“After seeing the damage on my house and the damage from some of the other people’s houses, I was very grateful, I could consider myself lucky,” said Hays.

Lucky things weren’t worse and lucky, Hays said he’s had others lending a helping hand to get his home fixed back up. 

“A guy had stopped by earlier asking if I needed my roof tarped and I said ‘yeah’ and he asked me to fill out some paperwork and then they showed up,” said Hays.

Jason Smith and eight others with the Great Plains United Methodist Disaster Response Team have spent hours in the hot sun, repairing roofs just like Michael’s.

“A lot of that means tarping the roof of a lot of houses, boarding up windows, things like that, in case rain comes,” said Smith. 

Smith said this is the first disaster he’s helped out on and he takes pride in helping people get back on their feet. 

“A lot of it is coming out here to help the people, talk to them about the experience they’ve gone through, try to help them out, to help them, I guess start the road to recovery,” said Smith.

The volunteer work won’t stop anytime soon. Smith said this is really just patchwork that is being done right now. 

Volunteers like him will be around for weeks and even months to make sure residents get the help they need. 

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