MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Work is underway to improve Murphy High School after the last round of storms in December. Thursday, several local organizations joined forces to restore the campus.
Alabama Power and three local tree companies worked their magic on the school. An EF2 tornado sat down in Midtown on Christmas day, damaging homes and buildings, even Murphy's campus.
Now it's time for restoration.
"This is a chance for us to work together with other teammates to help improve these trees, to trim up some of the damaged parts," said Beth Thomas with Alabama Power.
School windows were shattered and parts of the roof torn off, and trees faced the brunt of the storm.
"There were actually two trees that were severely damaged. Other trees had some slight damage as well. So we want to clean that up and make it a safe environment at the school," added Thomas.
Dozens of people stepped up to the occasion.
"We have about 25 people who are out here today. Alabama Power employees, along with our partners from the city and the tree services," Thomas said.
Mayor Sam Jones asked FEMA for disaster assistance, but the city didn't qualify. FEMA said the Christmas day storm didn't meet the threshold for assistance.