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Cleanup from Lancaster County tornado hits 10 day mark

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 4, 2016 10:49 AM
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People clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Narvon, Pa. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused some tornadoes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Lancaster) -- The rebuilding effort in the wake of the tornado in Lancaster County has been underway for more than a week.

More than 1,000 volunteers flocked to help deal with the estimated $8 million in damages from the February 24th tornado.

It touched down and ripped through more than five miles in the White Horse and Gap areas.

More than 50 buildings were damaged.

"There were homes and a school, an Amish school, and some barns that lost their roofs, parts of them. So it was different, a variety of structures, some commercial and then some residential," says Mark Beach with the nonprofit Mennonite Disaster Service.

Many of the Amish and Mennonite volunteers working to get walls and roofs back up are from Lancaster County themselves.

"One Amish man had said to one of my colleagues, you know, usually they travel 12 hours in a van to get to a disaster response site like in South Carolina, but now they only had to travel 10 minutes," adds Beach. 

The National Weather Service rated the tornado an EF-2, meaning winds might have hit 125 miles per hour.

Federal disaster money isn't expected to be available for the cleanup because it doesn't reach a certain threshold.

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