Tornado Totals Auto Shop & Damages Homes in Newton County

Tornado Totals Auto Shop & Damages Homes in Newton County
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“Everything’s destroyed. We just gotta start from the bottom and work back up with the Lord’s help,” says J & S Auto Service Co-owner Shanna Reffett.

Neighbors and volunteers pick up the pieces at after an EF1 tornado totaled J. & S. Auto Service in what locals call Walkerville, Missouri.

The tornado touched down on Highway 43, about four miles South of Seneca traveling northeast and lifting four miles west of Neosho.

The tornado ripped out power lines, uprooted trees, and took out much of the roof of a nearby home.

“All this can be replaced. I’m just so thankful we have such great neighbors and family and friends. They’ve all came right out and been here to help us do what we can do till the insurance gets here and helps us. They’ve taken great care of us and we’re just thankful that they’ve taken great care of us and we’re just thankful that no one’s hurt around here,” says Homeowner Cheryl Gilbert.

The Gilberts stayed safe in their underground storm shelter as winds reaching up to 90 per hour exploded the water in her swimming pool and took out her barn.