Volunteers from around the world working in Memphis, Ind.



Posted on March 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 9 at 5:32 PM

MEMPHIS, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A week after tornadoes struck, neighbors on the outskirts of Henryville near Memphis said it feels much longer.

Nearly 15 homes on Broadway were damaged along with barns and trees.

Jeremy Sweeney survived the storms.

Sweeney stuck a sign on a pickup truck that saved his life. It reads "Tornado Windstorm Shelter." The sign landed in his front yard Saturday.

His fiancé shot video showing fingers from funnel clouds touching down and destroying homes, barns and trees.

They piled into his pickup including his neighbor and 8-year-old daughter.

"Come on over and get in the basement, man it's right there!" Sweeney exclaimed in the video.

"Once I could see the trees coming up like dandelions I knew we couldn't stay here. That crawl space wasn't going to do anything. We got in my truck and got out as fast we could. If WHAS11 didn't explain it was going in a northeast direction I may have very well went to Henryville," said Sweeney.

Sweeney's barn was destroyed and part of his house.

His neighbor's mobile home blown hundreds of yards, leveled.

He said volunteers from around the world, including Germany and Singapore, and from other states to help clean up.

"My grandfather was killed in a tornado in 1985 in our area and I've helped in Katrina," Eli Byler, volunteer, said.

Sweeney said he feels fortunate it wasn't worse.

"Just amazing nobody got injured or killed," he said.

FEMA is providing assistance but some homeowners did not have insurance and have to start from scratch. The Red Cross and United Way is accepting donations and volunteers to help tornado victims.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for the latest photos, stories, news and info on how you can help after Friday's storms.