Long process for tornado recovery

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Harlan "Sarge" Rowe says the words on his shirt say it best: "The tornado ripped our town apart, but not our spirit."

"I was tore all to pieces but I thank God that I'm better than I was, and I'm getting stronger and everything is looking better," said Rowe.

The tornado tore the roof off his house, and leveled his neighbors' home.

"It's still hard to look out there and know that I had a home out there and now that I ain't got nothing," said Rowe's neighbor Billy Jordan

Mary Jordan suffered a broken leg, and Billy Jordan had three broken ribs. But they have been working hard to get things back to normal.

"Just taking it one day at a time and see where it goes from there," said Jordan.

The place where their trailer once stood was a pile of rubble three weeks ago. Now it is nothing more than a bare piece of land.

Sarge Rowe's roof has been replaced, but they all agree only time will heal them after this disaster.

"It's going to take a while. I'd say the rest of this year that we will still be busy trying to get back to where we was at," said Rowe.

"I know we'll make it. We all will. That's when, you know everybody comes together," said Mary Jordan.

The Rowes and the Jordans say even though they lost almost everything they owned, they are just happy to have each other.

"I've lost a lot of stuff sentimental that we can't never get back, but you know sentimental's just, it's nothing compared to lives," said Rowe.

They say they will keep trying to move forward, one day at a time.


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