Volunteers From Afar Step Up, As Zion Cleans Up


The recovery and rebuilding efforts continue in Zion, as neighbors help neighbors pick up the pieces and try to salvage whatever is left of their lives.

At Bona Lee's chicken farm, a few feathers lie in the spot where chicken houses once stood.

Lee rode out the storm in a chicken house, along with his wife and two children.

He says he's thankful to be alive.

"We thought we were going to die," said Lee.

Now all that's left of the common area of Lee's house, are scattered remnants, tossed along the open countryside.

Just a stone's throw away, near Melbourne, is Rose Trail. A double-wide trailer that once stood on this now lonely, dusty dirt road, has been reduced to a pile of brick and stone.

"I have nothing, no income. I mean, I have no money," said Lee.

Something as valuable to Lee right now, if not more so, than money, is help.

Jeff Smith is a storm chaser from Tulsa, who's hoping to provide that.

Smith and his crew are doing all they can in the way of providing water, gatorade and food to these families.

"I look at it like this, imagine you take your keys out of your pocket and you have nothing to put them in," said Smith.

For the Lee's, who've only been in Arkansas for two years, starting from the ground up is hard for them to imagine.

"I don't know how to start again, you know," said Lee.

Hopefully with help from volunteers like these, he will, and maybe a little faster.

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