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North St. Louis neighbors ask for help in storm recovery

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(KMOV) -- When a confirmed EF1 tornado hit Don Williams' home on Lewis Place, he took shelter in the basement.

He was unscathed, but his home was badly damaged.

"The house has a lot of history and to see it like this, it's a hard thing," said Williams.

Homes on Lewis Place are on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.

Lewis Place was the hardest hit in the city. According to the city, 32 homes were damaged. Twelve of them are inhabitable.

On Lewis Place, some families have insurance. Others, like Don Williams, don't.

"If people can not afford to repair, the neighborhood is just in really bad shape," said Pam Talley, president of the neighborhood's historic preservation group.

Talley is trying to organize volunteers to help with the clean-up and make repairs. She says it's been a struggle to get the attention of the community. On Saturday, the governor toured tornado-damaged areas, but not Lewis Place.

"We consider Sunset Hills our neighbors. We hope they get all the help they deserve, but we also don't want to be forgotten. We need some help as well," said Talley.

Tuesday, FEMA and Missouri's Emergency Management Agency planned to tour the city's damaged neighborhoods - according to the mayor's office.

That may pave the way for additional government aide.

In the meantime, Don Williams has been working with his family to stack bricks that fell off the home and save them for repairs.

"As a family, we're going to do what has to be done."

Read about Lewis Place history here: stlouis.missouri.org/lewisplace/history.htm

Contact the Lewis Place Historical Preservation group at 314-535-1354.

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