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March 15, 2012

Beyond the center of attention: Marysville residents get help, wonder how long it will last

MARYSVILLE — A week ago, residents from around Marysville gathered at New Washington Fire Department Station 2 to get information on how they could begin rebuilding their homes and their lives.

Since that meeting, a flood of volunteers have come through the small, northern Clark County town to help its residents. Despite the help, Joe Glenn, who lives outside the center of town, said the focus has remained in more populated areas.

“I think a lot of the focus has been in the main two little city areas,” he said referring to Marysville and Henryville.

Glenn’s home is less than a mile down Marysville-Nabb Road from the fire station, in a more rural portion of the town, and it was destroyed in the tornado. Luckily, he was not at home when the storm hit.

As Glenn stood on what was left of his home Wednesday afternoon, he pointed out the only two walls — one has since been removed — that remained after the tornadoes rolled through. And a few hundred feet away his barn was still standing, but was missing its roof and loft.

He said that he left 20 or 30 minutes before the tornado hit to pick up fertilizer.

“When I got to Corydon, I heard the town of Marysville had been wiped out, and I thought, that’s up there,” Glenn said, referring to the area of the town near the post office.

But he got a call from his neighbor who told him, “everything you own is gone.”

Like many others, Glenn, who has lived in the area for eight years, admitted he didn’t realize how many people have a Marysville address.

“Marysville is a wide area,” he said. “I had no idea they were in the Marysville address.”

But Glenn was quick to add the outpouring of support from the community has been tremendous.

“As far as the people in the community helping out, I think it’s been really good,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of help here.”

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