Among the ongoing buzz of power tools, downed power lines and living room furniture - which is still piled up on lawns - lays the remains of a tornado-damaged neighborhood in Adairsville, Georgia.
It's been nearly a week since the January 30 twister rocked this small, quiet town in north Georgia, about 60 miles north of Atlanta. This particular neighborhood just off Highway 41 is mostly empty, except for a few families whose homes are still standing.
A wooden angel is propped up against a tree outside an Adairsville, Ga. mobile home demolished by an EF-3 tornado January 30.
"My neighbors are shaken, but okay," says Susan Wise, who runs a small Adairsville taxi cab business with her husband.
The Wises have power, water, and just a minimal amount of damage to their home. But that's rare in her neighborhood these days, a week after the storm.
Anthony Raines, a man who died when a tree tore into his mobile home, was her neighbor. Although the Wises can't do much for free, since the cab company is how they make their living, Susan helped Raines' family find clothes (they lost everything in the tornado), and she helped them get to his funeral this past weekend.
"We'll do as much as we can," Wise said. She admits she feels guilty because the Raines family lost so much, and her home was barely touched.
Walking east down the street from the Wise home, you hear the sound of someone chopping wood. As you near, you'll see a man outside a large green tent, who hollers that you should come in for coffee and donuts.
"It's nothin' fancy, but it gets the job done," says Robert Allen, a volunteer who felt the calling to drive from nearby Cartersville to Adairsville to set up a mobile tent ministry.
Robert Allen set up a mobile tent in Adairsville Monday, Feb. 4, to offer victims a warm, comfortable place to sit and talk.
A former firefighter, he understands the impact of kindness on the heals of tragedy.
"Through time, I've come to understand that if you have something like this set up with coffee and donuts and you don't have the crowd (outside volunteers) to pressure, they can just talk openly," Allen says.
In a neighborhood on the other side of Highway 41, just across the street from the mobile home park, metal is still wrapped high up in the trees. The smell of diesel fuel from the heavy equipment that's been hauling away tornado debris hangs heavy in the air.
The weight of the storm still hangs heavy on the operator of a demolished auto repair shop, who was at home with his 82 year old mother when the tornado hit.
"I'm probably still running on the 'I can't believe it happened' mode right now."
The days since the tornado have also put longtime area football coach and principal, Larry Parker, through the wringer. Parker, who now works with the Bartow County Parks Department, has been stationed at one of the area Red Cross shelters, acting as a friendly face when victims come in looking for help.
"Many of the people walking through those doors were my former students," Parker says, a little choked up. "And they have their little ones with them now."
Parker admits it'll be a long time until life returns to normal in his community, but he says he was blown away by the help from groups like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
"It was an eye-opener," Parker insists. "I didn't realize they were as organized and focused. It was absolutely phenomenal."
Parker says volunteers, like Deborah and Bill Hatherley, who drove up from Atlanta, don't get enough credit for the work they do at a time when families need them most.
"It's more of helping people figure out what the first step should be in finding a new home, or finding another place to go," says Deborah, who has been part of American Red Cross response teams after previous disasters including tornadoes and hurricanes.
"Sometimes it's hard to think about what those steps should be. It's so overwhelming," Hatherley continues. "We can sit down with people and give them priorities: What do you do first, what do you next."
Even as shelters close, and remaining homeless families work with volunteers and the county to take those unsure first steps, it's clear the tornado will be fresh in the mind of the Adairsville community for a long time.
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Adairsville, Ga. - One Week Later
A week after the EF-3 hit Adairsville, Ga., damaged homes are still in shambles in the mobile home park off Hwy. 41.