Home Depot helps residents clean up after tornado - WNEM TV 5

Home Depot helps residents clean up after tornado

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Courtesy of Tim Kaufman Courtesy of Tim Kaufman
ST. CHARLES, MI (WNEM) -

Home Depot volunteers are helping St. Charles residents clean up after a tornado swept through the area on Wednesday.

The volunteers will focus on distribution of necessary supplies to residents without power and debris removal from Fordney Road on Friday.

About 15 store employees teamed up, volunteering their time and their tools and moving tree limbs. They worked hard trying to restore some normalcy at Scott McComb's house.

"I am so overwhelmed," McComb said.

His home was one of the hardest hit. Winds were so strong it sent a two by four through the side of the structure. His backyard was a huge mess. McComb is grateful for Home Depot's help.

"Thank you so much. Words can't express how I feel," McComb said.

A spokesman from Home Depot said his company will help out residents affected by the storm for as long as it takes.

"We've already reached out to the Brant Township supervisor. Made that connection with him and let him know if there's anything we can do today, tomorrow, and next week, please let us know and we'll come out and assist," Mark Shurlow said.

Shurlow is the store manager at the Thomas Township store. When he learned what happened in St. Charles he said he knew he had to act. He said one of the Home Depot's core values is giving back to their neighborhood especially during times like this.

"This really gives you a sense of community involvement and makes you feel good that you can take care of somebody like this," Shurlow said.

As the good Samaritans made progress removing debris, McComb said he'll never look at Home Depot the same way again.

"I think it's my favorite company of all time forever," McComb said.


The damage from Wednesday's storm was caused by an EF1 tornado according to the National Weather Service after surveying the damage Thursday in Saginaw County. 

The storm came hard and fast on Wednesday leaving behind destruction in a very short time. The clean up continued Thursday in St. Charles where a tornado ripped through several neighborhoods.

Sam Bashans returned from a family vacation as soon as he heard a twister damaged several homes in his neighborhood. Unfortunately his home was one of them.

"We're missing some shingles, snowmobile trailer has been moved quite a bit, a lot of down trees," Bashans said.

Bashans and dozens of other neighbors spent most of the night Wednesday and Thursday afternoon removing debris from their homes and assessing the damage.

"Inside I got some water damage, lot of garbage laying around ya know," Bashans said.

The National Weather Service confirmed the storm that swept through the area was an EF1 tornado with wind speeds reaching 115 miles per hour.

Bashans said his roof and shingles are replaceable and he's just grateful no one was seriously hurt.

"We're alive, everybody's alive, no one got hurt or killed so thank God," He said.

More than 200 customers were still without power Thursday.

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