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Crews, Residents Continue Cleanup In Montgomery County Following Wednesday's EF2 Tornado

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) -- The borough of Ambler continues to rebuilt after Wednesday's EF-2 tornado devastated the neighborhood, forcing residents and county officials to step in.

As the storm ripped through the area, resident Ashley Schiavo huddled with her children in their bathroom, trying to stay strong.

"I just kneeled on the ground and I gave my hand to my son he grasp it and I just I just prayed," she said.

Schiavo's bravery extends further than earlier this week. She told CBS3 she nearly died three weeks ago giving birth to her son, John David.

The storm put the residents of Ambler in unknown territory. Bob Kelly initially didn't believe his wife when she said it was time to take cover.

"Standing in that room right there about 5:30 or so, my wife said, 'get in the basement,' and I kind of laughed at her," he said, showing Eyewitness News exactly where the realization -- and the storm -- hit.

A tree fell onto their home, leaving a major mess behind.

Times like these can bring a neighborhood together.

Denise Walsh showed up at the Kelly home, bringing food for childhood friend Diane and her family as they pick up the pieces.

A time with a lot of loss can underscore the importance of what people have.

"There are still good people in the world, makes me feel good. I'm very blessed," Diane Kelly said.

KDKA's Ross Guidotti contributed to the report.

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