Residents help clean up after storm


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — People took to the streets Saturday to help clean-up some of the damage in a neighborhood impacted by Sunday’s tornado.

Teachers, students, board members and parents from Kentwood Public Schools came out to help their neighbors.

“We’re helping to get their yards cleaned up as best we can,” said David Garland, a Kentwood teacher.

Garland only recently finished cleaning up the storm damage to his yard and decided to organize an event to help others.

“They’ve been working their tails off for a week. They’re tired. They’re ready for help,” said Garland.

Deborah Louck is one of those who were ready for the help.

“I kept looking at it every morning going, ‘This is going to be a month, two months before I get all of this cleaned up,’” said Louck.

After the tornado, she had roof damage, a destroyed fence, deck and trees littered the yard. Then, Saturday, she unexpectedly got a knock on her door asking if she needed help.

“I lost my spouse not too long ago and it would have been hard to get out here and do it myself,” Louck said.

Louck sees the help as a gift from God and believes the tornado brought the community closer together:

“God definitely has had his hand in all this. He brought the storm but then he’s bringing angels — you might as well call them angels.”

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