Tornado relief efforts continue in Greensboro

Residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, are still cleaning up from a devastating tornado that touched down on April 15, killing one person.

The powerful storm toppled trees and power lines, and tore roofs off dozens of homes and businesses. In all, roughly 1,000 structures suffered varying degrees of damage from the EF-2 twister, which carved out a nearly 34-mile path through Greensboro and Rockingham County.

About 95 percent of the damage is within Greensboro city limits, according to Don Campbell, emergency management division director for Guilford County Emergency Services.

So far, The Salvation Army has served more than 1,300 meals and 1,600 drinks and offered prayer and counsel to 12 people in the area.

“There is great need of help for the affected families, and the community is responding in a wonderful way with resources,” said Major Don Vick, Greensboro Corps Officer. “The Salvation Army is coordinating with local government officials to ensure quick and effective service to our hurting neighbors.”

Vice President Mike Pence also pledged support to help open up federal resources to victims as he toured the damaged areas.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation of the families,” Vick said. “But we are honored to be here to offer hope and a hot meal.”

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