Starting Over After Losing Everything

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

The Allen's raised their kids in Long Beach, Mississippi and love it. They've lived through many hurricanes over the years, but nothing prepared them for this.

"I'd imagined having to shovel mud out guttin' I imagined a lot of that. I never imagined this in a million years it's just so phenomenal," Marsha Allen, Long Beach resident.

Marsha along with her husband and two daughters have had to come to terms with this loss.

"Right after the storm there were some nights I'd just cry myself to sleep because I couldn't handle it," said Corri Allen, 17-year-old Long Beach resident.

They've been coming to visit their now slab of a home off and on for the past two months.

"You just want to find something and sometimes you don't find anything and you just want to find something you can remember," said Corri.

The Allen's are living with other family members outside of Long Beach.

"We had too much insurance for FEMA to help us with a camper or anything," said Marsha.

And they're waiting for an insurance check from a claim they filed in the beginning of September.

"We had to write down every item that was in our home and that was just a shock to me," said Marsha.

After dealing with the threat of hurricanes, they still want to stay in Long Beach.

"We love Long Beach, we love Long Beach...we'll be here just not this close to the beach," said Marsha.

And of everything the family lost...there's one special item singer Corri longs for...

"My piano...I really miss my piano," said Corri.

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