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A day of prayer and work for community recovering from tornado

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Clean up efforts continue in Adairsville, as the region destroyed by the F3 tornado tries to pick up the pieces.

Saturday, an estimated 1,600 volunteers showed up to help, and Sunday was much of the same.

Survivors of the tornado said they're making it through because of faith and the help from volunteers.

Sunday they got a good dose of both.

From sun up to sun down you hear the sound of chainsaws rumbling.

Michael Abernathy is a local pastor and the operations manager for the volunteers.

"We had 138 chainsaws going out there at one time yesterday," said Abernathy.

But on this day there was another sound, a much more pleasant one.

The sound was the singing from inside the Adairsville Church of Christ at a service held especially for those affected by the storm. It gave them all a place to come together and pray, but organizers said it turned into so much more.

"It's just giving them an opportunity to relieve and say thanks and a sit down after several days of just wide open running. Now they're together and it's an opportunity to just throw their arms around one another and say man I love you and you love me," said Abernathy.

Not long after, it was back to work as part of what some called a well-oiled machine.

Shane Valverde is with Team Rubicon who is running the cleanup efforts.

"The biggest challenge that we've faced is managing the massive influx of volunteers," said Valverde.

There were volunteers from all parts of the state, from all sorts of different groups, even rival sports teams who canceled practice to help.

"Yesterday we didn't have practice. We realized there are other things more important than lacrosse and more important that our sports," said Sarah Curlee from the Shorter University lacrosse team.

Kathrine Fussell is Curlee's rival over at Barry College.

"It's been really cool to see the schools come together in a way I don't feel normally happens," said Fussell.

And even though it might not look like it in some areas, volunteers said they're making progress.

"In three days this community has been able to carry out 6 months of recovery effort. They've accomplished that in 3 days," said Valverde.

Leaders of the volunteer army said they've already removed a lot of the debris from each home so now they're waiting on big trucks to come in to remove it all.

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