It's been a long road to recovery for a Madison County community. Three years ago a tornado ripped through Kirksville killing two people and damaging many homes. Since then most of the people who lost their homes have rebuilt, and they have some advice for those who lost everything in the March tornado outbreak.
Three years after an EF-3 tornado struck the Adams Place subdivision in Madison County, few signs remain as children play where debris once filled the area. "It just makes you stop and think how things can change so quickly and be thankful for what you've got while you've got it because things can change in the blink of an eye," said Kim Lowery, whose home was damaged during the storm.
Lowery says despite the neighborhood's makeover, she'll never forget those scary moments. "We heard the siren, and not 15 seconds later, stuff started hitting the house."
Those memories still haunt many in the community, especially when new storms begin to gather. "You're always worried about it. You never know," said Jill Stinson, who had to completely rebuild her family's home.
That's why when tornadoes struck nearby counties earlier this year, the people here say their hearts went out to their fellow Kentuckians. "They had it worse than what we had. Their whole towns are wiped out," Stinson said.
So now when they look out at the well-manicured lawns of their peaceful neighborhood, the people of Adams Place see a symbol of hope for those in East Bernstadt and Morgan and Menifee Counties. "We got through that, you can get through this too," Stinson said, "Just hang in there. It will get better."
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