Clean-up begins after severe storm hits Strafford, Mo.

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STRAFFORD, Mo. -- Homeowners in Strafford, Mo. began the process of cleaning up after Friday's storms.

The storm damaged multiple roofs of homes and businesses in the the city. It also uprooted trees on both sides of I-44.

Shelly Sharp and her husband Jeff weren't home when the storm swept through Strafford Friday. Her 16-year-old daughter was though.

"It was horrific," Sharp said.

Her daughter slept through the storm, but when Sharp and her husband got home, they couldn't get to their front door.

"There's a lot of damage. It can be fixed. It could've been a lot worse," Sharp said.

Branches of a massive tree in their yard snapped and scattered. The Sharp's started sifting through them Saturday.

"The good Lord just had a hedge of protection around, not only us, my daughter and the community because no one was severely hurt," she said.

Strafford Fire Chief Jake Agee confirmed two minor injuries through the storm Friday.

The Sharp's house was just one of several that was in the direct path of high winds and rain. Damage was spread throughout the city.

The storm uprooted trees and caved in roofs. A billboard on the south side of Interstate 44 was completely ripped to shreds.

Non-profit organizations sprang into action after the storm. The Red Cross showed up to the scene on Evergreen St. to help those who were displaced.

With rain continuing to fall through Friday night, and snow and ice hitting the area over the weekend, Convoy of Hope donated tarps to cover the gaping holes in homes, and went door-to-door to help with clean-up Saturday.

"We take out like plastic packing totes, because after something like this, people are trying to salvage their belongings and those are a really big deal," said Stacy Lamb, the Senior Director for Convoy's U.S. Disaster Services.

Lamb said winter weather poses other problems for people like the Sharp's.

"They're dealing with snow and ice immediately after that. So anything they're working through and with is now freezing and it just complicates things," he said.

Lamb said the storm is just the start.

"It's the long term effects. People have got to clean up afterwards, contact their insurance companies and really put their lives back together," he said.

Sharp said she knows there are many others in her community who are struggling through damage, but said she feels blessed to live in Strafford.

"Strafford's a wonderful community. Everybody pulls together. We'll get through it," she said.

Anyone in need of the tarps from Convoy of Hope can pick them up at the Strafford Fire Station.

Lamb said, Sunday, crews from Convoy are heading to areas of Mississippi that were also hit by severe storms.

The National Weather Service has said it will go to Strafford Monday to check out the damage. As of right now, it still has not confirmed a tornado ripped through the area.

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