Giford business owner cleans up his town

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 12/14 2013 09:46PM

Updated 12/14 2013 10:10PM

GIFFORD -- Winter weather has put a stop to much of the rebuilding process in Gifford, but one man is working overtime.

The main streets are clear because of the city, but Alan Duden saw a need. So he got in his tractor and did something about it.
Alan Duden’s a local business owner in Gifford. The best way he can describe the weather is by saying “its December.” And Gifford is covered in snow. It’s hard to find a volunteer or a contractor but you can find Alan Duden on his tractor.

“We been in business for 23 years, been located here in Gifford for about 18, and were going to rebuild.”

His business was damaged by the tornado. He’s clearing out the driveway like he would if the doors were open. But he started looking around town, and noticed other people needed help. “I just go round and help people clean their driveways.”

While helping one neighbor get cleared out. He see's buddy carpenter shoveling across the street, and he’s not getting very far. So Duden goes over to help. Carpenter says “it’s just a small town community attitude, you know a little about everybody it seems like and were willing to help everybody out no matter what our job title is or where we work or what we do.”

Their houses are damaged, and now they're covered in snow, but overall Carpenter says it’s not that bad. “If you lived here most of your life you’ve seen this once or twice before and it doesn’t bother you.”

In the midst of the tornado Duden says “the big thing was we didn’t lose any lives and that’s what were thankful for.”

And Carpenter agrees “we got a lot of work to do but were going to pick up and move on that’s all you can do, Gifford strong.”

Talking to Alan Duden he couldn’t stress how much he appreciates the help from volunteers.

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