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Russell family finds silver lining in aftermath of Feb. 2012 tornado

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (WKYT) - Like many, Gina Keith keeps track of important events in her life….in pictures.

“This is our foundation…it picked it up and brought it over here and set it down,” said Keith Thursday, while looking at pictures taken after her double wide trailer on Ky. 76 was destroyed by the EF-2 tornado.

She and more than a dozen others were instantly homeless. But admist the devastation.....

“When this happened….I knew it was the Lord’s promise coming true,” she said.

10 years ago she believed she would eventually own a new house.

“Had it not been for the tornado, we would not have had this new home,” she said.

Unlike their double wide, their new home has a basement.

They put in a concrete encased shelter with its own metal roof in the basement, which added about $1,000 to the cost of their home.

The safety features did cost more money but it’s not about expense, it’s about something money could never buy; safety and peace of mind.

They lost nearly everything in the storm but a year later..

“I don’t look it as a tragedy anymore. I look at it as something meant for us to go through,” Keith said.

Knowing sometimes the worst of times brings out the best in people.

“It’s made a stronger person of us and we look at people differently now. We get up every morning and thank the Lord for what he has done for us,” Keith said.


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