Fayette County steps up to help Adairsville storm victims - CBS46 News

Fayette County steps up to help Adairsville storm victims

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ADAIRSVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

More than three weeks after a deadly tornado hit Adairsville, volunteers are still showing up to help.

The majority of the debris and rubble left behind by the tornado is long gone, now they've moved into phase two, the rebuilding portion.

Getting to phase two certainly wasn't easy.

Joyce Coomer is one of the leaders of the community response group. She said they've had more than 10,000 volunteers come to help.

"The volunteers have saved our city over $3 million to date in clean up fees," said Coomer.

And now the sound of chainsaws has been replaced with the sound of hammering.

"We need all the skilled carpenters and people who can help us in doing those things," said Coomer.

But not everyone is a carpenter and that included a special group from Fayette County.

The group of volunteers from a number of different churches and cities stepped up to help in a different way after hearing FEMA didn't because the area didn't qualify.

Dorothy Ensley is the one who got it all organized.

"They needed FEMA. They need the help and I was kind of mad about that," said Ensley.

So she started making some calls and sent some emails to start collecting things to put in those soon to be new homes.

"You need sheets, pillows, mattress covers and all of that gets very expensive," said one of the volunteers.

And the people of Fayette County responded in a big way.

"All of sudden we just began to be overwhelmed with stuff," said Ensley.

The group brought a little bit of everything from basic clean items and canned food, to furniture and kitchen utensils.

It filled a major need for Adairsville while giving the group of volunteers a way to help from four counties away.

"We knew the devastation that they were going through. Our hearts are with them. Anything we can do we're going to do," said Ensley.

Things went so well they're already planning on making another run in a couple weeks.

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