Helping Hands – See gallery below of the storm clean-up crew who traveled to the New Hope Community in Lowndes County Saturday, May 3. The mission was to clean up storm damage to Jeff Bell’s parents’ home and also their neighbors’. 

Emmanuel Members Clean up Storm Debris

I brought up the rear of a seven-vehicle caravan this morning as we traveled to the New Hope Community in Lowndes County. At least two or three cars or trucks preceded us to the location.


 The damage in the community was a little strange – one house on a block would be damaged and the neighbors unscathed. It appeared that there were multiple twisters involved, but none was as big and powerful as the one that hit Louisville Monday.


 Even so, three or four big pine trees create a lot of debris to clean up when they’re blown down. One had fallen across the roof of the Bell’s house, allowing rain to enter and ruin the carpet, among other things. Twenty five or thirty people worked hard (including the kids) for more than three hours to cut up the limbs into carrying size, and drag or haul them down to the street for pickup. Three chain saws, a Polaris Utility Vehicle, and a wheelbarrow or two aided in moving the debris. Amidst the mangled limbs was an electrical service cable. The electrical crew was working the neighborhood restoring power where it was out.


Lots of willing hands accomplished what would take one or two people a year or more to do. And the fellowship was great!

(Thanks to Vicka Jones and Lonnie Fields for photo contributions)