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Sunset Hills Tornado Relief
St. Louis, Missouri
New Year's Day 2011, less than 24 hours after the tornado hit, a wave of Service International volunteers -- 132 on this day -- descended on the streets of Sunset Hills to help remove debris and downed trees from homes and yards.
And this was just the first wave. All week long the volunteers came and the work continued as the encouraging sounds of chainsaws, bobcats, backhoes, and wood chippers filled West Watson. After eight days, nearly
1800 volunteers had pitched in to clear 2,020 tons of debris, and trucks hauled away 104 loads of brush, logs, and wood chips!
There were also many touching stories of survival and courage.
When the storm hit, a 90-year-old woman and her 98-year-old husband were unable to get to the basement. Right before the winds tore off the roof, she threw herself on top of her husband to protect him from harm. Miraculously, they both survived, and SI volunteers, after searching through piles of debris, were able to recover her cherished possessions and his World War II keepsakes.
Service International's work in Sunset Hills is now finished. Now that the rubble is gone, residents can move forward in the rebuilding process. Thank you to all of our hard-working, dedicated volunteers!
In the February 2011 issue of "The Sunset Hills Horizon," Mayor Bill Nolan expresses his gratitude for the assistance of individuals and organizations (including Service International) who have been helping the community recover from the New Year's Eve Tornado. Read Mayor Nolan's letter.
Watch the KSDK-TV interview and report of SI's work in Sunset Hills.
Read what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says about SI's tornado relief work.
See all of Service International's upcoming trips and projects.