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Families continue to clean-up, hope for new start


MERRILL (WAOW)--Removing debris and breaking down up-rooted trees; scenes of the tornado's destruction that have become a rhythm of daily life for those in Merrill affected by the storm.

"It's kind of all still so shocking. I don't know what to think about it all," said Katie Lee, whose home was destroyed in Sunday's storm.

Clean-up seems a never-ending process. Broken trees and remnants of once whole homes still litter yards and people work endlessly to try and return to some form of normalcy.

"It's still kind of hard when you're going through it all and seeing little figurines and stuff that was in the houses and is now scattered all around the yards," said Lee.

She and her sister Roxanne have been digging through their belongings and those of complete strangers since the twister hit.

Roxanne said it's a tedious job. "We've been out here in the morning until it gets dark."

As if sifting through what used to be their home isn't enough, now they must face another, equally as daunting challenge: watching their home torn down before their eyes.

"They're tearing down the house today and that's going to be a little difficult to watch," said Roxanne.

Gathering branches and stacking timber to be picked up and chopped. Working with your hands, they say, is the best way to try and take your mind off of so much loss.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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