Community continues to help family and friends after tornado rocks region

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ELON, Va. (WSET) -- Almost a week a later and Amherst County still feels the impact of mother nature's fury.

This storm gave the area a punch, but they are far from down and out.

"Sunday night a freight train came through our little town of Elon here," Elon resident Sean O'Neill said.

A train leaving a pathway of destruction.

Sean O'Neill picked up the debris mother nature left after tearing through the tight knit community. Parts of houses from all over his Nottoway Drive neighborhood were in his yard.

"It's hard. It's hard for me. It's hard for other families," he said. "But we'll get through it."

"just couldn't believe the devastation," Daryl Mosteller, O'Neill's coworker said.

Several of O'Neill's coworkers from the Glad factory stopped by to cleanup his yard. They loaded the dumpster with shattered remains of homes from nearby and separated the brush and tree remains into a pile on the curb.

"It's just been incredible on how the community has come together as one," O'Neill said.

"With all that, we just wanted to help him out. We all help each other out," Mosteller said.

For O'Neill coworkers, this is family.

It's all part of living in Amherst County.

"We have a lot of people we went to school with who live in this area, that had houses torn up," Mosteller said.

Mother Nature may have left a scar behind, but scars heal.

It's going to take time, but this community will get back up, maybe stronger than before.

"Mother Nature won't hold me down. We've been living here for 28 years," O'Neill said.

O'Neill said he plans to rebuild.

Others plan to rebuild as well.

According to EMS officials, most of the homeowners have insurance including O'Neill.

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