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SHEFFIELD, Ala. - It’s been almost one week since a tornado tore through Colbert County, creating significant damage in its path.

From the outside the Salvation Army Family Store in the Town Plaza Shopping Center in Sheffield looks fairly normal.  Inside, it's a different story.

The Salvation Army’s Patricia Clemmons responded to the store shortly after an EF1 tornado ripped pieces of the roof off the business.

“The inside of our building at that point looked like we had actually been through one of the disasters that we have helped to clean up,” said Clemmons.

Holes in the roof allowed rain water to come flooding in, causing much of their inventory to be soaked.

Monday morning, workers started clearing the racks of damaged clothes.

Clemmons said once repairs are made to the roof, they will likely open back up to sell all of the items in the store at below normal prices.

“Once the things that have been damaged are cleared out we can actually have the items nice enough to restock and reopen to the public and carry on as business as normal,” Clemmons explained.

She added they really need donations to continue so they can restock. Clemmons hopes to have the store reopened for normal business in the coming weeks.

Donations to the Salvation Army of the Shoals can be made at their offices on 1601 Huntsville Road in Florence.

All proceeds from the family stores help benefit the Salvation Army of the Shoals mission efforts.