Last Wednesday an tornado ripped a 1/4 mile wide by 28 mile long path through Virginia. It varied in intensity through 4 counties. We live in Essex Co. where it remained an F3 and wiped out over 50 homes and damaged hundreds more. We were in desperate need of everything except volunteers which showed up in droves. Donations are pouring in. Food, clothes, toiletries, paper goods, money, even portable showers. Volunteers feeding volunteers. It's amazing how people respond to tragedy. Many members on here donated chains when we could not keep the saws going. This site is full of good people. I said I would post some pictures that I took during some clean up. We have weeks of work left and running about 300 chainsaws. It's the worst kind of cutting imaginable. Naylors area lost 9 of their 16 homes This is a small example of what we are cutting. The idea is to make roads wide enough that equipment can pass each other to keep things moving This is all that's left of the home of one of the first men to show up when my barn caught on fire during hurricane Sandy. It was 200 yards to the right of this road. He and his wife woke up in a tangle of trees about midway between the two spots. Her leg is broken but otherwise they are ok. It was especially sad to be here. They had lost their teenage daughter in a car wreck a few years back and although they had lost everything the family was here just trying to find a photograph of her. This is my friend Joes truck. He is standing in the road in the last pic. He has been donating time, labor and equipment to clear the roads. He also came to my rescue after Sandy. I hope he gets some paying jobs from this. A rare idle saw. In fact I think it's the 036 that JJ so generously put bearings in for me. Who would think that we would have help from Oregon ! I think some of the church groups were feeding us about now. When my old friend called me from the firehouse after the storm he regretted to inform me that they needed saws. I told him that I was on my way, tell em to let me through. Oh boy did I agonize while loading my babies in the truck. Except for the Husky. I bought that one to be my loaner saw. Again AS has helped out our community because none of these saws were runners and probably still would not be runners if not for this site.