Rhoda Ralston took cover as the EF-1 tornado headed toward her Elkins home.
"We went inside the inner room where there are no windows and started praying," she says.
"(It was) a catastrophe, catastrophe, pine trees everywhere," she says. "All of these trees here, that were broke off half... most of them were scattered all over."
Ralston and her disabled husband were left wondering how to clean it up.
"My first thought was to call the insurance company," she says. "The insurance company does not help you clean up debris, only if it's on the house."
Her neighbors stepped in, joining the local Lions Club and city workers to tackle the trash strewn across Harris Community Road.
"They worked up a sweat," Ralston says. "There's no way we could have done all this cleanup."
Mayor Bruce Ledford isn't surprised the people of Elkins are banding together.
"It's been kind of a lot of people coming together in this last week, working really hard out here to try to get this cleaned up," he says. "They were really just more than glad to do so. They enjoyed themselves out here, it was a good time to be together and they made it a fun deal rather than more work."
And looking at the pile of pines in her front yard, Ralston feels blessed to live in the small town.
"The lord was answering prayer, and sending help my way, and that he did," she says. "They did a good job."
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