Neighbors Help Neighbors in the Wake of Winter Storm

By Carly O'Keefe
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Friday the ice started to melt, giving Cairo homeowners a chance to assess the damage done by the winter storm.
"This is the worse I've seen. It's worse than those micro-bursts that come through here. I think it's worse than that, it's horrible here," said Cairo resident Melvin Cornelius.
"Cairo looks like a warzone," said Mary Jewel Smith. Smith has lived in Cairo since 1945, and says she can't ever recall a winter storm as bad as this week's.
"I've never seen anything like this, but we've managed," said Smith.
Smith says she's had a lot of help from friends and neighbors like Melvin Cornelius. Cornelius and his crew comprised of family members spent their day helping elderly folks around the neighborhood, making sure their walkways are clear of ice and safe to walk on.
"Folks like that need help what if an emergency ambulance needed to come and pick her up? They'd slide down the drive, now they can pull right up to her sidewalk and pick her up, she's on oxygen you know," Cornelius said.
While the clean-up effort will be hard work. Cornelius says if neighbors just help neighbors, Cairo will be back to normal in no time.
"Folks in Cairo, they do pretty good, something like this comes along, everybody sticks together pretty good, but it's tough on us now, but we'll make it," said Cornelius.