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Some victims struggle one week after killer tornado

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ADAIRSVILLE, Ga - One week after a killer storm that struck both Bartow and Gordon Counties, victims who lack insurance are still wondering about their future.

Linda Pope's mobile home is in ruins. On Wednesday, crews removed the trees that remained on her roof, bringing one of them crashing down on the belongings she had still trapped inside her home.

Pope has no insurance. She is relying on the generosity of her family and the community to get by until she can start over.

"I want to cry," said Pope. "But I have to keep looking up."

At Adairsville Church of God, headquarters of the town's recovery effort, Rev. Ken Coomer said about half of the victims there were uninsured.

More than 100 structures in Bartow County were damaged by the storm. In neighboring Gordon County, the number was closer to 300.

Donations of clothes and food have poured in, but Rev. Coomer says as the area moves toward the rebuilding phase, the need for donations is growing.

"We need Home Depot, we need Lowes," said Coomer. "We need people with 2x4s and Hardy board. We need building materials."

In Gordon County, Kenneth Prather has insurance to rebuild his home, but it will take another two months for crews to clear his property and demolish his old place. Still, he has had plenty of offers from people willing to give him shelter.

"It's all fallen into place," said Prather. "We're going to stay in a judges home until we move into a furnished condo. It's just all fallen into place."

It hasn't been as easy for Linda Pope, who says for now her family and her faith will be enough

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