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Volunteers in Jefferson City 'helping put people's lives back together'

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 23:21:25-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Volunteers from as far as Kansas City and St. Louis came to help patch roofs and pick up debris in Jefferson City on Friday.

Dozens of volunteers could be seen in Missouri's capital city, working on the roofs of homes and apartment buildings.

"For a company like us that specializes in this industry, it is helping put people's lives back together,” said Ken Pohl with United Services of St. Louis.

Pohl, who is also a volunteer firefighter, said that volunteers were aware that another threat to cleanup efforts was just on the horizon.

"It's a race against the forecast," he said. "There is going to be rain coming in the next couple days."

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin said that despite the damage, she is inspired by the support from others.

"When you think of where the storm went and how many of your neighbors were affected, then you see everyone instantly spring into action, it shows we are taking this opportunity to help each other out,” Tergin said.

Pohl described the volunteer efforts as a labor of love. He said that in the midst of working on a roof in 90-degree heat, he can sleep well at night knowing he helped rebuild someone's life.

"Seeing people's lives being turned upside down, no matter if it is a tornado or a fire, it is about taking care of people,” Pohl said.

Ameren Missouri said Friday that it hopes to have power restored to all of Jefferson City by Sunday.