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Cleanup continues in Kilpatrick after tornado rips through

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As more bad weather moves through the Tennessee Valley, people in DeKalb County are still working to cleanup Monday's mess. As more bad weather moves through the Tennessee Valley, people in DeKalb County are still working to cleanup Monday's mess.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

As more bad weather moves through the Tennessee Valley, people in DeKalb County are still working to cleanup Monday's mess.

EF-2 tornadoes touched down in both Kilpatrick and Fyffe, damaging homes and knocking down power lines. Several people were injured, but none seriously.

People have spent the week cleaning up, but the process is just getting started.

As another round of storms rolls through DeKalb County, the people in Kilpatrick are still recovering from the one that wreaked havoc earlier this week.

"I haven't been able to sleep honestly. As soon as I hear thunder, I run to my sister's room and stay with her," said Kilpatrick resident Laura Garcia.

Her family is among the lucky ones. Their home is still standing, after a near miss with the tornado that took out all the others around them.

"It feels horrible. It really does. It's not the same anymore," said Garcia.

The damage is still very visible after Monday's storms. It has been almost one week since the tornado hit and there is still debris nearly everywhere you look.

Two homes across the street were in the direct path of the tornado.

They are completely destroyed and the seven people who lived there were injured.

A few houses down, Santiago Ocanas is also picking up the pieces.

"This tree fell on top of our car. There are branches everywhere and my fence is all torn up," Ocanas explained.

Despite the big mess, Ocanas is just grateful his home is still standing.

"It could be worse. There are some houses down there, my neighbors, who have nothing. Their trailers and everything are gone. Thank God ours is still here," said Ocanas.

It's a long road ahead for those in Kilpatrick, as they work to put their lives back together.

This weekend, people have really banded together to get things cleaned up.

The Red Cross is also, still assisting people in North Alabama affected by the storm.

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