Heavy rains and high winds swept the region yesterday and for residents in Revere, it was a reminder of the destructive tornado that ripped through their community in July — the effects of which they are still dealing with, five months later.

More than 700 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the Revere Tornado Relief Fund. Officials say that residents who applied for assistance will be notified next week about whether they will receive aid — and how much.

The rain poured down hard in Revere on Wednesday, and the wind was a-howling — but it was nothing compared to July 28, when a tornado ripped through a 3-square-mile section of town, uprooting trees, and damaging or destroying more than 60 buildings and homes.

"I thought the world was coming to an end," said Karen Pizzi whose home was right in the powerful twister’s 2-mile path through town. "I really did."

"All of a sudden I seen my fences blowing, chairs blowing, branches coming through my window," Pizzi added. "I was screaming. There was all water coming through my lights. You heard all cracking. Roofs were coming off."

Her pool was destroyed, all of her windows blown out, and the roof was ripped off her house. Thankfully, she had insurance.

"This is a whole list of damages in my home, believe it or not," she said, ruffling 20 pieces of paper.

All told — inside and out — Pizzi's home sustained an estimated $103,000 in damage. Her insurance will cover $80,000 of that, though she continues to battle for more.

"We got a first check for $18,000," she said. "That’s how I did my windows and my aluminum siding, and I still owe a little more money towards that."

Nearly five months later, a second check has yet to arrive.

"My roof I had to pay out of pocket," she said. "It was like, almost two months I was like, 'We gotta get the roof.' So I had to come up with money, I had to borrow Peter to pay Paul and I had to put a roof on my house.

To date, Pizzi has put $30,000 into her home, most of it borrowed from family and friends. The next check she receives will likely come not from her insurance company, but courtesy of her neighbors.

"It’s a quarter of a million dollars for approximately 150 people," said Gerry Leone, a partner at Nixon Peabody, and the executive director of the Revere Tornado Relief Fund. Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo started the fund in the weeks following the tornado. The damage in Revere wasn’t extensive enough to qualify for Federal assistance, so Rizzo asked Revere residents to do what they could to help. Leone says that’s exactly what they did.

"It was people making personal contributions just out of the generosity of their heart," he said. "It could range from $50 to $200. We had private organizations in and around the city of Revere and a lot of businesses around Revere doing the same."

This week, Leone and his team — who are working pro bono — are holed up at Revere City Hall, combing through mountains of paperwork to ensure that all those who qualify get some relief. The assistance checks will range from $500 to $2,500, depending on each applicant’s level of need.

"We’re heartened that we’re able to give people some money back at the holiday season," Leone said. "That’s tempered by the fact that we couldn’t raise nearly enough money to make up for all of the unmet needs here in the city of Revere."

And while Leone says there is sadly little that can be done for the un- or underinsured, it will at least make a difference for residents like Pizzi, who expects to receive some assistance from the fund.

"That’s touching that people want to give money, whether it’s $5, $10, $100, $50," she said. "Every little helps. Every little helps."

Especially at this time of year.