COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - People in Columbus are still recovering after an EF-3 tornado swept through the area on Feb. 23, 2019.
On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered on the first anniversary of the storm to clean up leftover debris that is still plaguing the community.
"Today is all about service," Nicole Clinkscales said. "It's so personal for us and that's why we give our heart and soul to making sure people get better."
Clinkscales is with the Community Recovery of Lowndes County.
The TRLC partnered with the city and other non-profit organizations to get the community more involved in cleaning up areas affected by the storm.
Hundreds of volunteers fought through the cold weather to pick up trash and moved debris to areas that would be easily accessible for county workers to pick up.
Volunteer Stephen Harrison said it was still crucial for him to help with recovery even though his house was not affected by the storm.
"This area was badly torn apart and we're just doing our fair share. We're all Columbus, so I feel like it affects me as well," Harrison said.
Clinkscales said there is still a lot of work to be done until Columbus fully recovers from the storm, and she is asking for donations so the TRLC can continue their work.
If you want to donate you can visit TRLC's Facebook page.