Community comes together for Hurricane Michael cleanup in Barbour County

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Eufaula residents are coming together to clean up the devastation following Hurricane Michael.

Thursday, debris and large trees began disappearing thanks to several helping hands.    

One home on Dale Rd. was hit pretty hard. A large pecan tree fell on the roof during Wednesday’s storm. 

That family’s neighbors started pitching in immediately. James Thomas says he purchased a hotel stay for the family of four, then first thing in the morning, News Three found Thomas chipping away at the tree and moving out debris from the yard.

Another home on Baker St. was also hit. 

Peggy Green says she was home when a tree fell on her roof and carport.

Three men were out front cutting the large limbs and hauling away debris. One of those men was from Florida.

“We cant go back. They wont let us go back. We don’t know if the house is there,” Indian Pass, FL native Abe Danjic says. 

Danjic evacuated him home city. The city sits in the middle of Mexico Beach and Apalachicola. He evacuated to Eufaula with his family ahead of Hurricane Michael.

Not knowing the status of his own home, Danjic could still be found with a chainsaw helping cleanup efforts.

“You don’t find too many people like that,” says Green.

Danjic says, he was just happy to help.

“It’s just nice to be alive. We don’t know if some of our friends made it. The cell phones are out, can’t talk to them, but I’m happy that I’m alive. Happy that I’m able to do this. Happy they are able to do it. She [Green] is happy we are doing it. It makes people happy.” 

Thomas says Eufaula is community where folks are more that willing to help others.

While cleaning up his neighbor’s yard he says, “We will get all of this squared away today, and then we will go somewhere else and help someone else.” 

Cleanup efforts are expected to last over the next few days.

“We are a closed knit community, and we help anyone that needs help. I do, and my friends will come help me when I need them, and it’s always been that way,” says Thomas.

Still the journey for Danjic is far from over as uncertainty looms as to what’s become of his Florida home.

“You just do what you can for the people around you, because that is what you’re supposed to do. Get out and do what you can. It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” he says.

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