Tornado victim: "I didn't think I was going to make it."

The community steps up to help out those affected by Friday's tornados.
The community steps up to help out those affected by Friday's tornados.

NEW MARKET, AL (WAFF) - Days after Friday's tornado people are still trying to salvage what they can and clean up the mess left behind. One New Market neighborhood is filled broken windows, missing roofs and crushed cars.  With clean up efforts under way, many residents who were hit hard are still counting their blessings.

Maryanne Pease said divine intervention is what kept her alive during the tornado Friday morning.

"Lord, save my life," Pease said.  "Those are the last words that I remember saying as I put my head between my knees."

Pease's prayer was answered.  She hid in the hallway of her home with her two kids to ride out the storm.

She said, "It's by the grace of God that is all that I can figure happened was that he put his hand down and held us down. Because if you can see the inside of the house, we should have been sucked plum out of it."

Pease's home is caved in; her roof, missing.  A pile of bricks is sitting in her front yard; memories literally blown away.  Now that the storm is gone, other neighbors are still trying to pick up the pieces and salvage what they can.

"It's horrible," said Jose Pellot.  He lives a few houses down from Pease.  "I didn't expect this would happen.  They said it would be bad weather but I didn't know it would be this bad."

Much of Monday was spent adding to the piles of debris on the curb.  While the clean up continues, Pease said the heartbreaking images that have taken over what she said use to be a quiet neighborhood should serve as a reminder to everyone to be thankful for what you have.

"You need to count your blessing every day," Pease said.  "Because you don't ever know when something like this is going to happen.  You can think nothing like this will ever happen to you, but just count your blessings."

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