Girl Finds Prized Soccer Trophy in Tornado Debris

By Michelle Relerford
|  Friday, Nov 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:48 PM CDT
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It's the little things that are making the tornado victims feel better as they sort through the destroyed pieces of their lives. Michelle Relerford reports.

It's the little things that are making the tornado victims feel better as they sort through the destroyed pieces of their lives. Michelle Relerford reports.

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It's the little things that are making the tornado victims feel a little bit better as they continue to pick up the pieces of their lives.

In hard-hit Washington, 8-year-old Cameron Zimmerman was looking for one thing in the ruins of the Georgetown Common apartment complex -- her soccer trophy.

"It's so special, it's the first trophy I ever won in my life," Zimmerman said.

"It's hard to put into words what she went through, so I think it's going to be a nice sense of normalcy for her to have this back," tornado victim Richard Rich said.

Dozens of people were seeking that same sense of normalcy Tuesday as they stood in line with boxes, bags, wheelbarrows and even wagons, waiting for their chance to get inside and retrieve their belongings.

"You just need to have a plan while you're out here and have some straight thinking. When you get in, 'What are going to get, what is our goal here,' and our goal is exactly what we got and we're done," Cindy Zimmerman said.

For some, seeing the damage for the first time was like reliving the nightmare.

"The balcony doors imploded and my roommate got thrown into a wall, and we ended up on the floor in a huddle," Rochelle Cravens said.

Alexandria Johnson had to crawl out of her apartment with her 4-year-old son after the second and third floor collapsed.

"I keep telling myself it could be worse, I could have lost my life. I could not be here for my son," Johnson said.

The residents will be able to sift through the debris Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. before demolition crews move in Monday to clear up the debris.

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