Crews clean up tornado damage in St. Mary, Mo.

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 12:02 AM CDT
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ST. MARY, Mo. (KFVS) - Residents and volunteers worked to clear roads and homes in St. Mary following Sunday night’s EF2.

Residents say they are no stranger to storm damage, but this time they saw the worst of it.

“There’s been tornadoes through here many, many times, none like this one,” said a St. Mary resident.

As the recovery efforts continue, crews and residents searched sun-up to sun-down for homes covered and bordered by split trees and debris.

“I’m going to be going to Jim’s house after we’re done here and I’ll help their neighbor here too, because that’s just what I do,” said one St. Mary resident.

Crews with Disaster Relief Missouri arrived early Monday morning, sawing off trees and branches from homes and yards.

Volunteer Johnathan Knehnns said they’ve cleared five houses but it’ll take at least two days to get every property.

“It’s nothing that they can do on their own, and they are overwhelmed with just the loss of their home or trees,” said Knehnns.

Down the street from volunteers, Robin Grogg’s backyard was covered in twigs, branches and snapped trees damaging her deck and parts of her roof.

She said it took more than 8 hours to clear.

“This was about as far as you could go. The whole backyard and deck was covered in debris. Trees, branches, we had two big trees come down,” said Grogg.

Some explained progress has been made in the last 24 hours, but even with the help of locals and volunteers, there still more work to be done.

“It’s just what you do,” said St. Mary resident.

Officials said there were no injuries from the storm.

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