ONE MONTH LATER: Alto putting the pieces back together

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One month ago people in Alto were going about their business when multiple tornados ripped through their city.

Homes were destroyed, the schools were heavily damaged, and the city was left unrecognizable.

Now things are slowly starting to look better but the future of the city has been changed.

“Alto will feel the effects from this storm for years and years and years to come,” said Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson. “It’s nothing that’s going to happen in the next two weeks to six months.”

Little by little, debris has been picked up, roads are passable, and even Caddo Mounds is starting to look more presentable.

But it hasn’t been a pleasant journey.

“We’ve been playing with insurance companies, we’ve tried to recover anything that would be ruined or stolen that wasn’t already,” said Jamie Magruder, who was cleaning up his mother’s home in Alto.

“There are still areas with lots of debris, destroyed houses, but we’re coming back and we’re going to rebuild,” said Ann Henley with Alto River Church.

As for the River Church, rebuilding Alto will happen sooner rather than later thanks to some surprise funding.

“We are helping them either repair their homes that were damaged and in the cases of people’s homes that were destroyed we are helping them replace their homes,” said Henley.

The River Church says will be taking applications for those in need until they run out of funds and they’re not the only ones helping, ordinary people have been stepping up since the beginning.

“Truly what a blessing to see good people come out and do that, you know to help others, just because they needed help,” said Magruder.

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