Last Friday severe weather ripped through the metro and a tornado left behind a trail of distraction. In Bellevue, houses were nearly blown away and trees were toppled in neighborhood after neighborhood.
The cleanup effort began right after the rain stopped and continued into Wednesday night. Hundreds of people showed up to Two Springs Elementary school near 39th and Spring to help clean up the damage.
“I have been teaching in the district for 18 years,” said former Two Springs teacher Kerry Trent who was helping pick up scattered debris in the grass.
She was amazed at the number of people who showed up to help, “It reminds me that Bellevue is an awesome place to be and to be a part of.”
“I think it's an example of what the people of Bellevue are like,” added Garret Sims who runs several Facebook pages for the Bellevue community.
Sims has had a firsthand look at how many people have stepped up to help.
“When I talked to people they say, ‘Oh yeah we have damage, but I’d rather help someone who has more damage than I do.’”
Sims said they are doing a T-Shirt campaign through All Star Shirts in Bellevue; they also set up a donation fund at Great Western Bank under Bellevue 411 Relief Fund. Those proceeds will go towards victims of the storm and also those who have been helping with the cleanup process.