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March 2012 tornado coverage

March 3, 2013

Gains & losses: Students discuss what’s missing after the storm

HENRYVILLE — The house was a total loss as far as their insurance was concerned. And while Haley Huddleston said their new one is great, she still misses some of the nuances that made her old house home.

“The house is a lot different and it’s a lot better, it’s more up-to-date,” Huddleston, a freshman at Henryville Junior/Senior High School said. “I think it looks a lot nicer, but sometimes, you wish you could walk in and it be the way it was because there were so many memories.”

Huddleston and other students at the schools lost some of their prized possessions in the storms that decimated Henryville and surrounding areas on March 2, 2012. But they said other changes in their relationships and how they live are likely to have more lasting effects.

She said it’s the simple things she really misses. The family Christmas Tree always had its own spot and when she came home from school, she could hang her coat in a closet near the front door.

But she said those changes aren’t the most difficult to deal with. The belongings of her late grandparents were in the basement along with her old toys and baby clothes. She said her parents never had the chance to go through everything and keep what they really wanted. Water damage forced them to burn everything in the basement.

Hailee Craig, a fourth-grader at Henryville Elementary School, said she was huddled in principal Glenn Riggs’ office with other students when the tornado hit. She said her home was fine, but she lost her backpack. Even though it and some of its contents could be replaced, there were some cards she made for her grandmother that she never got to give to her.

“It was in the school and had a lot of stuff I really cared about it in it,” Craig said. “It had one of my music books that had a lot of my favorite songs in it.”

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