Morgan Co. storm victim thankful for life

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It was an emotional day for those in Morgan County. It was exactly one year ago that many people's lives were turned upside down.

One year has past, but Dorcas Burton remembers like it was yesterday.

"I remember seeing the wind come around the law office at the end of the street just taking the power lines the traffic lights and the wire," said Burton.

As the tornado ripped a part the city destroying almost everything in its path, one thing stayed intact the utility van Dorcas and her daughter were inside.

"I was so afraid that the van was going to be flipped over, or lifted up and turned over," said Burton.

As questions of why and how began to surface, there is one thing she was and still is sure of.

"The van would try to lift, but it was like God was shoving it back down. It would lift, he would shove it back down," said Burton.

When she got out of her car on Main Street, she saw cars turned upside down, debris everywhere and her business destroyed.

Just three months after devastation struck her small town, Dorcas reopened her business, The Primitive Homestead, but not on Main Street where she was for nine years.

Her new business is located just outside of town. She says it is a place for women to come and escape the devastation. They can look around, talk and shop away from where the tornado did so much damage.

She is thankful for her life, but also the experience.

"It is not something I would want to relive again, but I wouldn't trade it, if that makes any sense. There was a sense of divine presence that wasn't real," said Burton.

She says her business is doing well in the new location.


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