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Red Hills Landworks clean up crew donates time, services to Tallahassee tornado victims

Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:31:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Thursday, storms swept through and destroyed most of the Schimpf family's backyard on Lake Hill road, but hope came in the form of a surprise.

A tree bashed through the windshield and battered the sides of two Schimpf family cars. No one was hurt, and the family does have insurance. They also have a hand with cleaning up this mess.

Josh Thomeson and the rest of Red Hills Landworks crews are on cleanup duty.

"Feels good, feels like we're doing something," said Thomeson.

After storms pass through, jobs like these usually mean big bucks for these guys. This time, they're doing it all for free.

"Red Hills Landworks came by and said, 'Hey, let's take care of all the big trees for you,'" said Nanette Schimpf. "It's been amazing,"

When the storms rolled in Thursday night, Schimpf and her family were home.

Despite the mess, the family says they feel lucky to belong to a community like this one.

"So many friends and family have reached out," Schimpf said. "Bradfordville Fire and Rescue, where I volunteer, has come by. After the storm cleared there has just been so much outreach and support from the community."

Red Hills Landworks is spending their Friday cleaning up at least six other homes in the area. That's more than $10,000 of free labor.

The National Weather Service confirmed that damage was from the EF-1 tornado that hit Leon County.

Wind speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.