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Abiding Word Church volunteers help clean up after tornado

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:52 p.m. CDT
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Tyler Venier uses a chainsaw on trees that were knocked down Feb. 28 by an EF1 tornado at the home of Jim and Rita Helms. Volunteers from Abiding Word Church spent Saturday helping clean up some of the leftover damage. The storm that overtook the residents of Buell Road north of Sterling just before 5 p.m. started near the intersection of Penrose Road and Ridge Road and traveled northwest 2.6 miles. It was 75 yards wide at its widest, and wind speeds topped out at 100 mph.
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Cameron Schneider (left), 12, and Landyn Dyson, 9, toss limbs onto a pile Saturday as they help clean up debris from the tornado.
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Audra Davidson tosses wood onto a pile while clearing the downed trees at the home of Jim and Rita Helms.
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Douglas Coulthard (left), Tyler Venier and Audra Davidson work to clean up the fallen trees on Tim and Rita Helms' property.
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Jim Helms walks through some of the fallen trees on his property Saturday morning.

Tyler Venier uses a chainsaw on trees that were knocked down Feb. 28 by an EF1 tornado at the home of Jim and Rita Helms. Volunteers from Abiding Word Church spent Saturday helping clean up some of the leftover damage. The storm that overtook the residents of Buell Road north of Sterling just before 5 p.m. started near the intersection of Penrose Road and Ridge Road and traveled northwest 2.6 miles. It was 75 yards wide at its widest, and wind speeds topped out at 100 mph.

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