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Lynchburg's Hardest Hit Begin to Rebuild


Lynchburg, VA - While many of you are wondering when the lights will come back on -- others are asking, 'What's next?'

Some homes are destroyed, cars nearly cut in two and power lines wrapped around trees. It's bad, but people have not lost hope.

Some of the worst damage was off of Link Road and Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. We went there and found the sense of community is as strong as ever.

Angie Campbell was with her two kids inside their Rivermont Avenue home when the storm hit.

"The poles were knocked down. The metal was down. It looked like a tornado had come up the driveway," Campbell said, trees splintered like toothpicks on her neighbor's front yard.

On Link Road and Woodside Avenue, Bob Farmer's neighbor barely escaped with her life.

"It was not until the next morning that they got all the limbs cut away to actually get her out of the house," Farmer explained, four days after the storm.

One street down on Manton Drive, the clean-up continues.

The storm shook one home so hard that one day later, the homeowners cleared out the master bedroom. They were worried the ceiling would collapse. And, ten minutes later it did.

Their closet could give you a splinter, a tree limb fell through the roof.

It's just another job for Blankenship Tree Service. They're working seven days a week and answering the worst calls first.

"It's kind of like you're coming to the rescue, the cavalry's coming," said Richard Blankenship, the owner.

A few houses over, an insurance adjuster goes panel by panel assessing the damage on two cars pinned down by trees.

"Probably both of these vehicles are gonna be total losses. They have extensive damage as you can see," said Jim Thurman, still clutching his camera.

With still a lot of work ahead, neighbors are confident -- the human spirit will shine through.

"Lynchburg's resilient, that's why everyone lives here. And, everyone will bounce back," added Angie Campbell.

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