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Community in DeKalb Co. continues recovery work

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Progress for the community at Belcher's Gap is being made as residents move debris from their yards to the roadways to be picked up. Progress for the community at Belcher's Gap is being made as residents move debris from their yards to the roadways to be picked up.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Problems prompted the Governor to cancel a trip Friday to tornado ravaged Northeast Alabama where he was expected to tour DeKalb County hit by the storm. Recovery work will go on for days, weeks, and even months ahead. However, the command post closed at the end of the day Friday.

Times are hard for David Campbell. Three of his family members homes were destroyed, and one was damaged. His late mother's home was hit, along with his sisters'. A niece's mobile home was nothing more than a frame and debris, but one niece can rebuild.

Progress for the community at Belcher's Gap is being made as residents move debris from their yards to the roadways to be picked up. For Campbell, getting his late mother's home in order will be a lengthy process.

"There's a carport that's missing," said Campbell. "There's an outbuilding that's totally gone. The roof is damaged pretty bad, it leaks, the house is old. It will cost more than the house is worth really to repair it."

Campbell said all of his relatives will live in a motel until they can find suitable living arrangements.

While the governor couldn't make the trip, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey did. It was welcome news for residents there because some did not have insurance and were wondering how they would be able to get back on their feet.

Power was restored to the area, and power companies continue trying to make sure people are hooked back up. However, the rebuilding of homes there will be in the weeks and many months.

Campbell's mother's home had no insurance at the time of the storm, and he was looking forward to the governor's arrival.

"Just ask him to do whatever he can to help everybody that has lost their homes, has lost any type of loss, because there's a lot of people in the area that have," said Campbell. "They're devastated, and the area here when I came up here, if I hadn't have known where I was I would not have recognized the area."

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