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Rebuilding begins in East Bernstadt

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It's a long process, but some in East Bernstadt are quickly rebuilding.

The day after an EF 2 tornado tore through East Bernstadt, we met Michael and April Parker whose home was destroyed. April also suffered some injuries from the storm.

More than three weeks later, WYMT met back up with Parkers to see how they are doing and what their home looks like now.

When the tornado hit, Michael Parker found his girlfriend April under a pile of rubble that used to be her home. He pulled her out and took her to the hospital.

"It's rough. Every morning I have to get her out of bed. It's bruised her ribs really bad," said Michael Parker.

Just three days after the tornado, they decided to get married.

"We figured, start of with a whole clean slate. So we figured we'd start off the right way and get married and raise our kids right," said Michael Parker.

And now they also have a new home, and a new place to raise their children.

But getting back to normal is not something Michael Parker is sure his family will ever be able to do.

"It won't ever be back to normal. You've always got that fear in the back of your mind that it is going to happen again," said Michael Parker.

The Parker's new home was purchased with a grant from FEMA.


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