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Storm clean up in Eldora continues

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by Danielle Wagner

ELDORA (KWWL) The cleanup continues in Eldora - six days after hail and wind storms caused more than a million dollars in damage.

Homes and crops were hit hardest in Hardin County.

From the front, Ingleside Bed and Breakfast in Eldora looks pretty good, but just walk around the corner and there's plenty of storm damage.

Owner Kenneth Brownlee was at church when the hail and wind storm hit.

"Heard the hail on the roof of the church and then the stained glass windows started breaking out in the church," he said.

When he got home, 26 of 43 windows were broken. All on the north and west sides of his house and business. The siding was also damaged, and the entire roof needs to be replaced.

Brownlee is getting some help with clean up from Neighbors Across The Land Disaster Relief and Recovery. The non-profit, faith based organization travels the country responding to disasters.

"We do a damage report assessment, and we help the families that don't necessarily get to the help they need. We try to hit a lot of the smaller communities where people, like here in Eldora, aren't getting help they need in the time they need it," said Marie Mysliwiec with NATLDRR.

All around Eldora you see damaged homes and people cleaning up. Homeowners like Brownlee said it's nice to have many sets of hands helping out.

"We'd be farther behind that we are now if it wasn't for them," he said.

"I've noticed it's a very humbling experience for anyone who's ever been in a disaster to take everything that they've lost and then on top of that to have to get help because it's just physically and emotionally just impossible to do on their own," said Mysliwiec.

Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to report to the Hardin County Fairgrounds between 7 a.m and 5 p.m.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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