Community Comes Together For Tornado Cleanup

--Lanier County, Ga. -- March 17, 2012 --

Citizens of Lowndes and Lanier Counties are still picking up the pieces from the March third tornado.

Moody Air Force Base has sent about 300 people. It's not just the base. The Red Cross, Boy Scout troops, local churches and ministries have all come out to help. In Lanier County about 19 homes were severely damaged.

It has been two weeks since the tornado struck, but the damage is still clearly visible. Some of that damage occurred at the Hart residence.

Bonnie Hart said "We had probably at least about 40 trees down in our yard. We had one on the front porch at the time. We've had volunteers several different days comes out and we've had wonderful help."

The storm caused an estimated $40 million dollars in damage across the state, according to the State Insurance Commissioner. Luckily there was a Base close by.

Fedor Potanin is in the Air Force and lives on Moody. He said "Whenever the community is in need we try and participate as much as possible."

Close to 80% of the volunteers that have come out to help have been from Moody Air Force base.

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