Small community unites to rebuild after tornado

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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 --- 5:55 p.m.

A small community outside Platteville is uniting to help clean up and rebuild after Tuesday morning's tornado. The storms damaged several farms on Jericho Road in Belmont.

Kristine Kunkel said more than a dozen people have stopped by her house since the storm tore up several buildings on her three-acre property.

“Some of them have been through it so they know what it's like to have somebody helping them... And then some of it is just, 'hey you're family,'” she said.

Some neighbors brought over food for the Kunkels, while others brought tools and ladders, ready to help rebuild walls and roofs that were ripped off.

"We would've gotten it done but it would've taken us so much longer when you just have two people," she said. "All the help we've received in the last few days has just been fantastic."

Kunkel said she feels blessed that her family and her house survived the storm. She fought back tears describing what it feels like to have a community stand behind her, ready to help her in this time of need.

“Our neighbors are losing cattle and barns and have holes in their roofs that they have to deal with, and for them to come around and ask us how we are doing.. just very nice people. I'd like to thank everybody,” Kunkel said.

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