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Dozens Volunteer to Cleanup Va. Campground

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CHERITON, Va. - One week after an EF1 tore through the Cherrystone Family Campground in Northampton County, dozens of volunteers spent a few hours cleaning up the campground to help get it ready to open on Friday.

The damage from last week's tornado was still very evident throughout the campground.  Numerous campers still showing signs of the storm and debris still piled up in sections of the campground.  Liz Byers of Baltimore told WBOC she was at the campground last Thursday when the tornado touched down.

"My truck got the most damage.  It got like $5,000 to $7,000 worth of damage.  And our trailer had the vents busted out by the hail.  But we are truly blessed.  The lord blessed us.  We are alive and home safe," Byers said.

Byers went on to say she was at Cherrystone Thursday to prepare her camper for the fall and winter but to also lend a hand in the cleanup effort.  People showed up alone, with their families, or with their co-workers to help.

"With this tragic event that occurred last week, and we heard about the cleanup that was going to be today.  So, Shore Bank being a community bank decided to chip in and send some folks down here to help with the cleanup and try and get the campground up and running again," said Adam James of Onancock.

Volunteers came from places as close as Accomack county to as far as Pennsylvania and New Jersey to lend a hand.  And the volunteers included people who had never stayed a night at Cherrystone, to folks who call it a home away from home.

"We saw everything on the news including when it was happening that day.  It was horrifying.  One of the boys is in a local hospital near us, fighting for his life still.  We wanted to help out," said Jeanie LaLonde of Virginia Beach.

Cherrystone Family Campground is scheduled to open back up to campers at 8 am on Friday morning.
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