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Moscow works and waits for FEMA help

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MOSCOW, OH (FOX19) -

Toppled houses, giant trees, and twisted pieces of all the things that make up a town still littered the landscape of Moscow, Ohio on Tuesday.  But, roads were passable.  Electricity was largely restored.  The sun was shining.  And people were working piece by piece, home site by home site to clean up, put away, take back, and restore some life to the battered place.

Fire and Rescue Chief Art Owens and his colleagues gave us a ride on a gator, and said things were "90 percent better than they were Friday."

The remaining 10 percent is still an enormous amount of work. 

Home Depot's Team Depot had descended on Moscow, and orange aprons and buckets were everywhere.  People rarely stopped to talk to us.  They were intent on doing every possible thing to help the people of Moscow.

Among them was Joann Holland and her sister, Barb Lester.  Holland's home was a pile of cement blocks and wood planks.  It was the home she shared with her husband, Eugene, who served as Moscow's mayor for 35 years and passed away because of a brain tumor.  Now, Joann stood and stared at the old coal bin in her basement, where she took refuge just moments before the tornado hit, "It saved my life."

Lester and a myriad of family members worked alongside Team Depot, as countless emergency workers and volunteers drove by on their way to another work site.  

"They are working from daylight to dark…It's wonderful to have everybody here and you never see anybody standing around.  They're always doing something, and it's amazing," she said.

Holland will not rebuild her home.  It's too much for her.  She's lost most of her earthly possessions.  She's moved in with her sister who says she can stay as long as she likes.

Holland, the many people just like her, and all the local government bodies who were struck by the storms Friday, are waiting for word that assistance is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Originally, after Ohio Governor John Kasich toured the state, he said Ohio would not seek FEMA aid.  Now, he says it will.

For people who are trying to piece lives back together, and those who are there to help them, it can't come soon enough.

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