Pierre Part cleans up
PIERRE PART - Tuesday residents picked up the pieces in one of the two towns struck by a tornadoes in Monday's storm. Trees and downed power lines made up most of the damage, but some homes were also affected.
"Things happen and you're just thankful that you're alive," said resident Sue Blanchard, "it's just something you got to go through, its life."
Along with the buzz of chainsaws was the hum of generators. Most homes on Blanchard's street had one up and going.
"We are able to heat food up in the microwave. The refrigerators are working and the freezers are moving," said Blanchard.
Across town, the Pierre Part Store was up and running since the storm just after the storm.
"It's been pretty busy," said employee Angie Ourso, "we have customers wanting to get their cold foods because some people in the area don't have electricity."
The store serves the community's grocery and hardware needs. It ran on generator power for more than a day after the storm hit.
Schools remained closed on Tuesday. Children are expected to return to class on Wednesday. In the meantime, parents had to make due.
"They love being out of school of course," said resident Angela Causey.
Crews work in the hardest hit neighborhoods clearing trees and repairing power poles. Blanchard says she hopes power is restored by Friday.