Mansfield residents clean up after tornado - New York News

Mansfield residents clean up after tornado

Posted: Updated:
MANSFIELD, Ga. -

Newton County residents are starting to rebuild after a tornado destroyed several homes on Friday.  Residents and volunteers came together Saturday for the start of a lengthy recovery process.  

Crews of volunteers cut downed trees and cleared debris from a Mansfield neighborhood that was slammed by storms.  But the cleanup there is only just beginning.

Neighbors on Kellogg Street were hardest hit.  Even those who still have homes aren't able to stay in them.  The power is out, and the water damage significant.

"It's just heartbreaking," said volunteer Sheila Massey.  "I grew up here."

Massey told FOX 5 despite the damage, residents are pulling together to help the victims get through it.

"The community has just come out and helped everybody," she said.  "It's been an outpouring of love."

At least five homes were leveled by winds that reached 115 miles per hour.  Other homes sustained heavy damage.   Resident Dwayne Whitaker came home to find most of his roof gone, and his family's belongings scattered across the street.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Whitaker.  "It's just- - you hear about this stuff happening to people and then it happens to your house.  You're like, 'Well, at least no one was here, no one was hurt.'"

The help started right away, with Newton County sheriff's deputies digging through what was left hours after the EF-2 tornado touched down.  Residents say the destruction took only two seconds, but amazingly, no one was killed.

"To know that no one was killed is a miracle from God," said Massey.  "We were being looked over."

One woman has an unbelievable story of survival to tell after she was thrown out of her mobile home in the storm, and trapped under a roof.  She was hospitalized with two broken legs.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie of New JerseyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices