Volunteers help clean up Baxter Springs

Published On: Apr 29 2014 01:18:01 PM CDT
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Clean-up continues in Baxter Springs where at least 75 homes have been deemed completely destroyed by an EF 2 tornado Sunday night.

Dozens of volunteers are now on scene to help neighbors in need.

In teams of 20, volunteers are taking away what Mother Nature destroyed.

"Picking up sticks and shingles and anything really," said Baxter Springs High School Senior and Volunteer Allison Lock. "Just to help people clean up their lawns because they can't do it alone."

Lock and her classmates started early Tuesday morning and plan to work all day, despite Lock's extra challenge of having one arm in a sling.

"I had shoulder surgery a couple weeks ago from a sports injury, and I just felt like even though I can't really do much I can still help out in some way," Lock said.

Help is coming in from not only Kansas, but other states as well.

"I saw a team here from Ohio yesterday, and they were here at 7 in the morning and that was amazing," said Volunteer Crew Leader Neil Spencer. "I couldn't believe they made the trip from Ohio to here."

Volunteers know recovery will take time considering how much damage is in Baxter Springs.

"Even though there has been a lot of loss and hurt it is still going to help the town become better," Lock said. "I fell like we will pull together and make this town even better than it was before."