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Church coordinates massive volunteer effort in tornado-damaged Verona

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VERONA (WKOW) -- A massive volunteer effort is helping homeowners recover from damage after Monday night's storm in Verona and Madison.

Memorial Baptist Church in Verona was asked to coordinate the volunteers who have come forward offering their help. 19 homes in Verona alone were so severely damaged when a tornado came through that they were left uninhabitable. Many more also lost roofs and siding and had other damage.

Since the storm, volunteers have completed 15 projects both in Verona and Madison but have more waiting and expect even more calls for help over the weekend.

"There's different levels and skill sets that [the volunteers] have and that's something that we're trying to do too is make sure that the right volunteer is at the right job so the residents of this community get the best possible help," says Pastor Jeremy Scott with the church.

Scott went around Friday posting signs to let people know the church and the volunteers who've stepped up are there to help.

"To see our neighbors and friends cutting down trees and in their yard and that type of thing certainly touches home," says Erin Wilson, who's helping stock the water and snack tent in the middle of the damage area.

City crews and contractors have been working all week to repair damage and clear debris that in many places falls in piles several feet high on the side of the roads.

Scott anticipates volunteers will be needed for several weeks and says they won't stop until everyone has dug out.

If you'd like to volunteer, or if you have damage and need assistance, contact Memorial Baptist Church.

Phone: (608) 845-7125
Email: volunteersverona@gmail.com
Online: www.mbcvrerona.org

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