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Volunteers clean up neighborhood torn up by tornado

Residents on Sharon Drive, Linda Drive pick up pieces

SAN ANTONIO – Residents who live in one of the areas hardest hit by tornadoes in San Antonio got a helping hand Tuesday with their cleanup efforts.

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About 100 members of Community Bible Church armed with rakes and other tools helped pick up the pieces along Basin Road at Sharon Drive and Linda Drive, where an EF-2 tornado struck.

"When our city hurts, we hurt," the Rev. Ed Newton, pastor of CBC, said. "Very rarely do you step into a place like this, and you see the damage that has taken place through a tornado, especially when it comes at night. The sun rises in the morning, and you see the full effect of it."

The signs that a tornado tore up the neighborhood are everywhere. Old trees uprooted, debris scattered across lawns and downed power lines.

Elizabeth Cepeda, who lived in the area for 40 years, wanted to see the damage for herself.

"It's terrible. We know all of these people," she said.

Cepeda said she was glad to see the CBC volunteers pitching in.

"The thing that's the most heartwarming is to see all the volunteers. That's really nice," she said.

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