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March 1, 2014

2 YEARS AFTER THE TORNADO: It’s been a long climb back for Southern Indiana communities



Though the physical recovery effort may be winding down or complete for many of the families and businesses affected by the tornadoes of two years ago, the healing process in Henryville and Marysville still has a long way to go.

“I’d say it’s still going — if not physically, mentally for sure,” Shelton said. “[The town] may never recover from that.”

Righthouse sees something similar in Marysville, he said.

“We’ve got people that to this point still haven’t been able to fully accept it,” Righthouse said. “It’s still a mental strain for them to go back and see where their house was blown away.”

Abbott agreed that the recovery of the communities needs more time, as the memories of two years ago still weigh heavily on residents’ minds.

“There’s lots of healing [to be done]. Every day is a new day for everyone in this town, but a lot of people are emotionally destroyed by it,” Abbott said. “We think about it every day.

“But the town is so much better than what it was before. We have a lot of people say that, but the town has grown closer. This is a small community. Everyone sticks together. But it definitely took a toll on people’s lives.”

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