Volunteers keep up the storm cleanup despite heat

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 4:30 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - As we enter yet another week of heat, the cleanup from last week’s deadly derecho moves along.

Neighbors who live off Sandpoint Road say the storm came suddenly. They received the severe thunderstorm warning, but assumed it would be just like any other storm.

For Jessica Coyle, this storm was devastating. Several trees fell on her home, causing the roof to cave in. She threw herself over her daughter to protect her as the storm raged.

Now, the challenge is the daunting cleanup. For Jessica Coyle and her neighbor Carla Glasper, help has arrived.

Volunteers from a Christian disaster relief group, Samaritan’s Purse, arrived last week. Those with the group say it’s all about helping their neighbors, even if the volunteers are from hundreds of miles away.

Most of those volunteers are focused on the work at hand, regardless of how hot it is. They are still trying to assist safely. Workers are taking breaks and staying hydrated. But many of them are used to working in the hot and humid south.

Coyle and Glasper can’t thank those volunteers enough. They got emotional when help arrived. And while there’s still a lot to do before life can return to normal, they feel a sense of relief.

Organizers with Samritan’s Purse say they’ll be here for about another two weeks to help with cleanup. If you could use some help, you can visit Samaritan Purse’s website here.

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