Neighbors step in to help the clean-up process in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The tornado that hit the Boonsboro area of Lynchburg Sunday is still very fresh on everyone's minds.

"It was just white and a big roar," said Tim Miles.

"It sounded like a train coming through," said Lauralyn Martin.

Three days after the storm several streets are still in a state of chaos as crews work to clear out trees and restore power.

"The day after the tornado, it honestly looked like a war zone," Martin said.

Lauralyn Martin's street was hit hard. Front yards are a mangled mess.
Large trees down everywhere and pieces of houses lay on the side of the road.

"These decade old trees snapped like twigs," Martin said.

It's not uncommon to see smashed cars on the sides of roads.

Tim Miles' car had been parked in front of his home.

"We looked up on our roof and we probably lost 25-30 percent or more of our roof," Miles said.

After what happened sunk in, it's time to think about cleaning up.
Luckily, Miles had some help.

"We are very fortunate we had a lot of awesome friends and neighbors who just jumped right in," Miles said.

The same thing happened on Martin's street.

"The neighbors have been fabulous working together," Martin said.

She says it didn't take long for people to break out their chain saws and pitch in.

"The best comes out in people when something like this happens but it is very sad," Martin said.

It will be a while before everything is cleaned up, but in the meantime, neighbors tell me they are counting their blessings.

"It was sad to see what happened but again, it could have been so much worse".