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At left, Red Cross volunteers Don Barnett and Ginny Wiley, both of Jefferson City, talk with a tornado cleanup worker amid a debris field after tornadoes slammed into the Rolla and Fort Leonard Wood areas on New Year’s Eve.

At left, Red Cross volunteers Don Barnett and Ginny Wiley, both of Jefferson City, talk with a tornado cleanup worker amid a debris field after tornadoes slammed into the Rolla and Fort Leonard Wood areas on New Year’s Eve. Submitted

Two local Red Cross workers who responded to Phelps and Pulaski counties in the wake of Friday’s deadly tornadoes described the devastation as overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

Beth Bauer, director of the Capital Area Chapter, and Phillip Iman, the chapter’s emergency services director, both spent long days over the weekend responding to the disaster. Both previously had worked disasters, but neither had previously responded to a tornado disaster.

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To donate to the organization's efforts, visit www.redcrosscapitalarea.org or call (573) 635-1132.

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