Good samaritans come together to clean up Fairfax after tornado

Posted at 9:56 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 23:11:18-04

FAIRFAX, Okla. -- Not one piece of trash was left untouched on the streets of Fairfax Monday afternoon.

People came from nearby towns with equipment ready and hours to spare.

"I would hope they'd come help us if we were in need so we're close enough of a community that we came to help," said Justin Holloway after driving down from Ponca City.

Those within Fairfax were also eager to help. Berry Keeler brought his generator the community hospital overnight, working with employees to set it up.

"The hospital had a generator. But just as it came on the electric came back on and surged and blew it up. So I heard they didn't have electricity and I thought "Well they have medicine, they're going to have to keep it cool," Keeler said.

When business owners saw the damage, they said it wasn't the glass and downed trees they noticed. Instead it was the dozens of people that stepped in with tractors and brooms ready to help.

"We filled up the dumpsters and we picked up trash and tore down stuff it was torn up, you know? We brought in all the heavy equipment so they could clean up the stuff," Keeler said.

Joe Barnard said when he came to check on his insurance agency he noticed streets packed with good samaritans trying to save many buildings hit too hard to recover.

"It's kind of sad right now, we've got some old buildings here that may not be salvageable because they were uninsureable to begin with because of their age and their size," Barnard said.

Just this May Fairfax suffered heavy damage after straight-line winds ripped through the community. Now, the town is moving forward to repair what damage they can.

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