Tornado survivors struggle to pick up the pieces
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alberta City neighborhood is part of Tuscaloosa's landscape of ruin. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports the area is mostly low-income, and never more in need than now.
In the battered neighborhoods, people ask when help is on the way. For now, they're relying on each other.
Volunteers with Sons of Thunder, a Christian Ministry, handed out burgers, water and hope to storm victims like Mike Worth. The last meal he had was breakfast, yesterday.
Tuscaloosa's united by a sense of community. Chuck Sullivan of the Sons of Thunder says, "It's just our duty to help the folks out here who need it."
Others need help with their grief. At least 45 people were killed in this college town. Carson Tinker and girlfriend Ashley Harrison were both hurled more than 50 yards from their flattened house. The University of Alabama football player survived. She did not.
"It's awful," Jessica Geise says. "It took the whole house." Geise says there were four students inside one leveled house - with only one survivor.
After the storm, their neighbor and friend Jarrad Jackson says the survivor was in deep trauma.
"He was walking around, yelling, crying for them," Jackson said. The survivor was screaming their names, but "didn't hear anything."
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