CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One month has passed since a tornado ripped through Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, damaging and destroying 180 homes.

On Tuesday the North Carolina Department of Transportation will decide if they'll continue to pick up tree limbs.

Wendy Merrill has lived in the Steeplechase neighborhood for 15 years and says she s been amazed at all the DOT crews have done.

She and other people in the area have been working hard since the storms came through to clean up their neighborhood.

I remember the night very well. I m blurry about the next day because it was just such a shock, Merrill said. Just a lot of trees down. We re an older neighborhood with a lot of hard woods, so that s what I noticed, all the trees down.

Since then, DOT crews have been through pretty much on a daily basis, cleaning up the piles that now sit in front of so many homes.

That work is scheduled to wrap up this week but a DOT spokeswoman says they re considering extending the operation because there is more work to be done.

Merrill is hopeful the crews will keep coming and is grateful for all the support she and her neighbors have already received. She says they are all moving forward together.

We really are. I think we ve come closer as a community as well.

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