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Webster still cleaning up after tornado leaves path of destruction

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WEBSTER, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The town of Webster continues to clean up after a tornado leaves a path of destruction.

As buildings are condemned and some later reduced to rubble, the town works to heal after the natural disaster.

There is still a considerable amount of debris here in downtown Webster, but crews are pushing ahead to clean up the mess.

"Within a blink of an eye," Tekelis of Northeast Pizza tells us. "We could have lost it all."

A powerful force of nature tears through the heart of Webster and nearby Dudley.

{READ MORE: Town of Webster recovering from tornado]

Strong winds and rotation caused extensive damage, forcing the town to condemn several buildings.

"It was pouring on the highway," stated Tekelis. "I tried coming two different ways. I went around Dudley and saw that everything was just a mess."

The tornado's eye narrowly missed the Northeast Pizza on Main Street in Webster.

The restaurant's sign was torn down and the roof was damaged.

READ MORE: Tornado leaves damage behind after touching down in Webster, Dudley

"We hope all our neighbors are okay," says Tekelis. "They lost their homes."

Just days later, they are up and running again, but the same can't be said for their neighbors.

"Throughout the week," said Deputy Chief of Webster Police Michael Shaw. "Our D.P.W. and private tree services come in and done some more of the clean up."

It will take a team to help a bring Webster back and local leaders say it will be even better than before.

"Team Rubicon is a team of mostly veterans." says Town Administrator Doug Willardson. "They come after a natural disaster. They come and clean up, whether it's tree debris...things like that."

As clean up begins, local police are keeping a watchful eye on downtown.

"When we boarded up," stated Webster. "We made sure some security precautions were taken to prevent any type of looting or taking other people's items."

While the visible scar to the downtown will be repaired in time, town leaders say the community is moving forward.

"Overall," continued WIllardson. "The community is pulling together."

Right now, Senator Elizabeth Warren is meeting with local leaders.

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