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Jackson residents picking up the pieces after the storm

JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Residents in Madison County are cleaning up after the storm last night.

City of Jackson crews are out surveying the damage and responding to residents’ homes that have down trees out in their yards. 39 News spoke to city officials and residents about the damaged they sustained.

“This magnolia split into two and we have a really large one in our back yard,” said Jenny Burleson, a Jackson resident.

Jenny Burleson is one Jackson resident that had damage to her home but wasn’t home at the time. She's grateful for the outpouring of support from the community that came out to help.

“People came to our house last night and stayed to 11:30 just cutting the magnolia off our roof, which was huge. They showed up. About 10 men out here, climbed our roof with ladders and generators. They provided us with power,” said Jenny Burleson, a Jackson resident.

The city of Jackson's Love Your Block program responded this morning to Burleson's home to assist with clean-up.

Love Your Block is a community grant program that we started this past year that works with residents to make a positive change to the community so normally that would be cleaning u blite, small home repairs but we felt like it was important to get our team out today to help the residents in light of last nights’ storm,” said Lauren Kirk, the Director of Community Development with the city of Jackson.

Richard Donnell is another Jackson resident and he explains his experience during the storm.

“The wind started all of a sudden blowing really hard and it got harder and harder. I looked out the window and it appeared to me that I could see the swirling going on within 15 feet of me. I said to myself, wow, I think I am in a tornado,” said Richard Donnell, a Jackson resident.

Donnell says he is thankful to the Jackson Fire Department for helping remove debris from his yard.

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