Families in one of the hardest hit communities in Cabarrus County pulled together to clean up their neighborhoods Sunday. Forty-nine homes were damaged when the tornado ripped through several communities just outside of Harrisburg.
Some in the Steeple Chase Subdivision, off of Robinson Church Road, spent Sunday cutting up massive numbers of trees.
"Frankly I think the trees actually saved us here. It took the force of the wind away from our houses," said Sam Fairchild.
The trees that some say saved them, will now cost them thousands of dollars to clean up.
"You're probably talking 20 to 75 trees back there," said Randy Bush as gave Eyewitness News a tour of his storm ravaged home.
Two massive oak trees busted through his roof. Sunday he said he was still trying to find out how much his insurance would pay to fix the damages. Meanwhile, volunteers swooped into his neighborhood to help him and others make clean up debris.
"We don't even know who we're working for. We just saw a need and gassed up and came out," said Doug Lepre. He brought chain saws and a team of workers to the Steeple Chase subdivision Sunday.
Across town, American Red Cross workers packed up lunches for storm torn families. The community came together to help those who have seen the worst, but refuse to focus on it.
"You gotta look at the positive side. We still have our house. Our house is still here," said Bush.
Some people in the tornado's path are under-insured. Monday state damage assessors will come through Cabarrus County to decide whether home owners qualify for disaster assistance money.