Marmaduke Picks up the Pieces

May 3, 2006--Posted at 9:30 pm

MARMADUKE-- It's been a month since a tornado ripped through the small town of Mrmaduke, and residents are still picking up the pieces.  
    Cleanup is sometimes more difficult to experience than the storm itself, and if you've gotten a chance to drive through Marmaduke, you understand the devastation.
     Piles of rubble are what residents used to call home, and most are anxious to find some sense of normalcy.

Marmaduke residents are facing frustration when it comes to clean up. 
"A lot of people are over anxious to get everything cleared off and taken away so they can restart their lives and rebuild," Greene County Judge Jesse Dollars says.

It's a long process Dollars says will take time.

"You have to start from rock bottom. Of course see what all the concerns are... What needs to be done, what has to be done," Dollars says. 
    Already the scattered debris is starting to mound into piles that line the streets where residents used to gather... But Judge Dollars says they're working diligently to find a bidder for the clean up job.

"It's going to be 40 day contract. Hopefully they'll be done between 20 and 30 days," Dollars says. 
     He says the county has had to go through state offices and historical societies... A whole list of people that make the project an even longer process, but next week they expect to accept a bid and get started.
   Even after the cleanup, Dollars says, residents will have to take it one step at a time.

"You're looking at a long period of these people getting back and trying to rebuild their homes.of course, fema's helping out with the mobile homes for people to stay while their trying to rebuild their homes," Dollars says.  
    After the debris is gone, he says it could take another 6 months to a year to rebuild... It may seem like a long time, but at least the people of Marmaduke will be able to go home.

"Be patient with us. I know it's been a long time. It was a month the second day of this week. It's been a long drawn out thing. We're getting there. There's a lot of things people don't see and maybe don't understand the steps we have to take, but we've never let up. There has not been one day we haven't worked on this thing," Dollars says.

Dollars says they will open bids for the project on Friday at 4pm.