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Henryville tornado survivors struggling to return to 'normal'

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While most of the displaced are with family members some are staying in campers, others are actually living in tents. While most of the displaced are with family members some are staying in campers, others are actually living in tents.
Tammy Dyers is starting over. Tammy Dyers is starting over.
Cari Mattingly Cari Mattingly
Mattingly's home was damaged and for now it's uninhabitable. Mattingly's home was damaged and for now it's uninhabitable.
HENRYVILLE -

When tornadoes ravaged Henryville last month, Cari Mattingly and her 12-year-old daughter Allison were in the storm's path.

"I never want to do that again, never want to experience that again," said Mattingly.

Mattingly, who lives across the street from Henryville High School, saw the twister barreling towards her house.

She ran down into the basement of her home with her daughter and her parents and took cover under the stairs.

"We sheltered one another with our bodies and waited. As you heard it getting closer and closer and heard it come up on you and the windows are busting all around you and you hear glass shatter everywhere and you don't know if you're going to make it," said Mattingly.

Fortunately, no one was hurt but her home was damaged and for now it's uninhabitable. Like so many people here, they are staying with friends.

"There are times when it's just, I feel hopeless," said Mattingly.

To make matters worse, Mattingly's business, a hair salon which once sat next to her home, was destroyed. She was told it was covered under her homeowner's policy but after the storm, she found out that was not the case.

"No income since March 2nd, so it's been very tough," said Mattingly.

All around this area, there are people without homes looking for a place to stay.

While most of the displaced are with family members some are staying in campers, others are actually living in tents.

Homes that took heavy damage have been demolished, including Tammy Dyers' mobile home.

"I'm starting over. At 53 years old I'm starting over," she said.

The Dyers family did not have insurance, so replacing their home is unlikely. Tammy recently found an apartment and a new appreciation for life.

"I'm thankful, thankful to be alive and I'm thankful Henryville is still here," she said.

As people struggle to get back on their feet, the need to find a new normal is a priority. That is a challenge since any sense of normal is now gone.

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