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Rain washes out Friday clean up efforts in Phil Campbell


Rain didn't stop volunteers from helping tornado-ravaged Phil Campbell on Friday.

Most spent the day sorting through donations and helping tornado victims stock up on much needed supplies.

Power has been restored in downtown Phil Campbell, but plans to remove debris Friday were washed out because of the weather.

"As long as it is raining and there's lightning in the area, we don't want volunteers out there. It is for their safety. We have work to do, but we're not going to try to get anyone hurt trying to push things," said Lt. Mike Nichols, who gives out volunteer work assignments.

Misty Hester who helps sign in volunteers at the Phil Campbell command center said they had about a third less volunteers Friday than they did Thursday.

"The count did go down people coming in to volunteer you can still come and help at the community center we need people to sort things," said Hester.

The rain didn't stop tornado victims from coming in, and unsurprisingly, the most requested item Friday was tarps.

Officials say rain or shine they need all the help they can get and no matter what you think your skill set is they'll find a job for you.

"No volunteer will be turned away. We will put them to work," said Lt. Nichols.

If you're looking to volunteer in Phil Campbell, the command center is located on Main Street.

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