1,000 go to work on tornado damage

GAP, Pa. (WHTM) – Hammers swung furiously Friday at a home and barn on Old Philadelphia Pike in Salisbury Township.

Both buildings were ripped apart by Wednesday night’s tornado.

“Everybody appreciates the help,” said Michael Wenger, who was helping the rebuild. “It’s what it takes to keep a person going. It always amazes me.”

000009Across the street, others picked up debris littered across in a field. A few miles away, off Cambridge Road, crews were working to rebuild a one-room schoolhouse flattened in the storm.

Shelly Zito recalled what the school looked like a day ago.

“The school was gone,” she said.

In a matter of a couple hours, volunteers using saws and hard work put up walls and the framework for the school’s roof.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Zito said. “That’s how the Amish [work]. If something falls, if a barn falls, or the school is demolished, they get together and they get it done.”

At one point, construction was going so fast that progress was slowed when workers had to wait for more wood to arrive.

One man working on the schoolhouse said the goal is to have the children back to school next week.

Nancy Koornbau, who watched the work happen, was not surprised at what sounded like an ambitious goal.

“It will be,” she said confidently. “The Amish are really good handcraft people.”

One official estimated that 1,000 volunteers had helped with the rebuild as of Friday.

A fund has been established for victims of the tornado. To make a donation, go to the White Horse Fire Company’s website at whitehorsefire.org.

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