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Community Comes Together to Help Storm Victims

Friends, family and strangers came out Sunday in Rincon to help with the storm clean up. Friends, family and strangers came out Sunday in Rincon to help with the storm clean up.

RINCON, GA (WTOC) - Those hit by the tornado had plenty of help Sunday. Hundreds of people came out to do what they could.

Rincon firefighters like Kenny Whitten were back out to Ebeneezer by first light, doing what they could for those who'd lost so much in the tornado.

"Up here, everybody knows everybody. That's what makes this so bad, said Whitten.

From one end of the neighborhood to the other, firemen, sheriff's deputies and state troopers tried to keep the peace so power crews could repair lines and homeowners could deal with the disaster.

"We're directing traffic and trying to keep all the spectators out so we can get emergency crews in," said Effingham County sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

Even with all these public safety crews, most of the people out here helping don't wear a uniform. They're friends, neighbors, even perfect strangers who've come to help.

Trying to be a good neighbor. I'd hope people would do it for me," said neighbor Joel Carter.

The effort touched the hearts of those hit by the storm.

"People who I don't know, have no idea never met before," said storm victim Davis Blissett. "They're in my yard, on top of my house, doing what needs to get done."

If that's the best side of people, others brought the worst. Sheriff's deputies say they caught this man stealing copper wire from one of the houses. They promise he'll get the toughest punishment possible for trying to gain from someone else's loss.

If you or someone you know has storm damage, the Savannah chapter of the American Red Cross can help. You can contact them at 912.651.5300.

Sheriff McDuffie is urging people not to go out to storm damaged areas there without a reason. He says onlookers made traffic problems even worse.

Reported by Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com 

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