Residents in Oaklawn are just now starting to understand how much devestation Saturday's tornado left behind.
A street sign with a makeshift stand marks Hemlock Street, a street filled with people starting the cleaning process. “Day by day cleaning up, get in order,” says Rhonda Davenport whose home was hit by the tornado.
Davenport and her husband were inside their house when the tornado hit. “The whole house was just shuttering…things hitting everywhere…so loud deafening in the house,” said Davenport.
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When they stepped out the next day, they found chaos. “I didn’t know where to start,” said Davenport.
Trees down, gardens ruined, and debris everywhere. Now the cleaning begins with family and friends to make it a little easier.
But in the shuffle, Davenport was still missing her cat that just gave birth, afraid the kittens didn’t make it though the storm. “I was worried about those kittens so much,” said Davenport.
Until a pile of rubble was moved and mama and babies were found safe and sound. “They were all huddled and so scared,” she said.
A scary situation for feline and humans alike. But a good attitude makes the work on Hemlock Street seem light.
“[We} could have lost our lives…can't replace people,” said Davenport.