Rebuilding 2 Years after Historic Tornadoes Rip through the Valley


SHENANDOAH COUNTY -- It's been a long two years for people who rebuilt their homes after a historic night when five tornadoes struck the Valley.

It has been a long road of cleaning up what Mother Nature left behind.

Carla Funkhouser spent a year repairing her home after the tornado ripped through it.

"It was kind of overwhelming. At first, it's like, where do you start?" said Funkhouser.

Two years later the house is repaired, but the scars and memories still remain. The driveway still looks like a tornado ripped through just yesterday.

"It's just gradual clean up, and as you can see we're still cleaning up.”

Faith Simmons lived through the Churchville tornado, and is still finding pieces of her home, damaged from that night.

"I'm still picking up pieces of glass upstairs, items when I pull out of the closet or pick up a piece of furniture, there's still glass," said Simmons.

Two years passed, and not a single tornado has been reported in the Valley since that night, not even a funnel cloud. That hasn't stopped some of the anxiety towards severe weather.

"The weather, the storm alerts on my cell phone, I'm always watching the weather," said Simmons.

It's enough to keep Funkhouser awake at night.

"You don't sleep at night when you have heavy winds, or when they're calling for wind because you're not sure if it's going to come back through again or not," said Funkhouser.


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