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Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers begin disaster response after tornado hits homes in Carpinteria

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Crews of the Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County are hard at work clearing debris as a result of this weeks tornado in carpinteria.

"It’s traumatic when a weather event like that happens. Your home is damaged maybe you’re in fear for your safety," said director Susan Renehan of Philanthropy and External Affairs at Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

Crews are helping local neighbors impacted by this week’s tornado. 

"A tornado went through this modular complex and tore up a lot of the places so we’re here getting rid of the debris … sheet metal from the carports … just helping the best we can," said director of project management John Silva of Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

"Biggest part of today is cleaning the debris … there’s been a full dumpster from the greenhouse and roofing material … getting cleaned up making sure everything is safe for the home owners," said project director Steven Moliterno of Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

"We’ve already done a dozen truckloads and we’re going to try to … get things out of the roadways," said Renehan.

The Habitat for Humanity team plans to keep in touch with home owners in need of assistance.

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