Tornado Victims Clean Up with OB's Help

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All week long, Operation Blessing has been helping the tornado victims in Suffolk, Va.

We've mobilized hundreds of volunteers who will remain on the scene as the massive clean-up continues.

That's great news for a couple named Anita and Rickey Roach, and all the neighbors on their block.

 Rickey Roach was pulling up to his house when an F-3 tornado tore through his neighborhood.

"Once I got to the curve to get in, everything got real quiet. There was no rain. There was no wind," he explained. "There was nothing, just a dark cloud overhead and I could still see the tornado coming, but I wasn't sure where it was going still."

 His wife Anita hid in a closet as the tornado tore their house apart.

"You could hear things cracking and popping, and I knew I was in trouble when I started smelling new wood," she said.

Rickey tried to get out of his truck, but he couldn't open the door.

"Once I saw it coming I laid down to protect myself, I said, "God, please, just let me get through this," he remembered.

After the twister passed, Rickey rushed to look for Anita.

"I was relieved. We kinda hugged each other," he said. "I do thank the Lord because he was looking down on us obviously."

Three days later it was time to start digging through the debris.

This is what people's houses look like if they were anywhere near the middle of this tornado.

You can tell by the level of damage that there's no way families could handle this cleanup alone.

So Operation Blessing came in to help with manpower, chain saws and heavy equipment to help Suffolk residents clean up the remains of their homes.

"These guys are awesome," Anita said. "They've done in a matter of 30 minutes what it would have taken us probably a month to two months to get through."

"If people had half the heart that you guys do," she began.

Rickey finished her sentence.

"The world would be a better place."

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