WEST (CBS 11) – The massive clean up in West, Texas seems to have only just begun. Many residents are now preparing for their condemned homes to be destroyed, including Joye Nors, who lived blocks away from the explosion site.
She lived comfortably in her home for 10 years. On the day of the explosion, she heard so many sirens she decided to go outside and see what the ruckus was all about — something she never does. Now she believes it was God calling her.
Moments after she stepped out of her home, the fertilizer plant exploded and when she returned, all the windows had blown out and there was glass everywhere in her home.
The roof and subsequently, her ceiling caved in, leaving fiberglass insulation on almost everything in the home.
Even weeks after residents were let back into their homes to gather belongings, there is still more work to be done.
Dozens of volunteers descended upon West, looking to help in any way possible.
For a group of volunteers from Dallas on Saturday, it meant helping to remove debris and clean a park and helping Nors take big items out of her home and putting them into storage.
It was her last chance to dig through closets and find a few precious treasures that might be left.
In the search, volunteers did find a gem — literally.
“This was the very first set of jewelry that my husband ever gave me when we got married,” Nors said. “It was the first Christmas that we were going together and so it just means the world to me.”
Many of the volunteers don’t have a connection to West. Their only draw to the town is to help those in need.
“What do I think? I think it’s a God thing,” said Brian Gremminger, a volunteer.
Volunteers are more like a “God-send,” according to residents like Nors who have benefited greatly from their generosity.
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