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Tornado victims say they feel neglected, forgotten

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Two weeks after an EF-2 tornado touched down in the city of South Fulton, damaging or destroying more than 50 homes in the Chestnut Ridge Subdivision, many tornado victims say they are feeling neglected and forgotten.

In addition, one home was broken into by looters. 

Two weeks later and it’s as if time stood still. Other than boarded up windows and tarps on the roofs, many homes are just the way they are after the tornado came through.

There’s still debris all over -- including the street -- and the people who are moving back in tell me that’s making it hard to get back to life as it was before.

Elijah Steele just moved back in after the tornado.

“The windows were busting open. It was insane,” says Steele.

On Wednesday, he took his dog for a walk through his battered neighborhood, carefully avoiding the shards of glass on the sidewalk.

Many tornado victims, who can’t move back in, came to the community Wednesday night to express their frustrations with everything from trash removal, to a lack of communication, to predatory contractors coming into the neighborhood, to break-ins by looters.

“It happened today…one of the homeowners went in…TV and Xbox stolen,” said Pastor Warren Henry, Sr., the tornado relief community organizer.  

But where there is bad, there is also good. Donations awaited tornado victims at Kingdom of God International Ministry, a church helping lead relief efforts. 

Another community meeting will take place at the church on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. 

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