2,500 Mormon Helping Hands offer relief to tornado victims

About 2,500 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered for two days to help tornado ravaged victims from Tuscaloosa to Chattanooga last weekend. Volunteers donated more than 45,000 man-hours of work and filled more than 1,000 cleanup work orders.

Emergency Management Agency officials in St. Clair County estimated that 1,400 homes were affected by the tornado in the county, including an estimated 300 homes in the Shoal Creek Road area where stake members were assigned to work. Three tornadoes hit the county, one of which was a Category 4 tornado. Members cleared trees, tarped roofs and pulled debris from yards. There were 13 people killed in this county alone, 11 of which lived on Shoal Creek Road.

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