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Volunteers rush to finish ten new homes for Henryville

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. -

Life is about to get a little easier for ten Henryville families affected by tornadoes last March.

Habitat for Humanity is on a building blitz like never before in Henryville. The non-profit group is building ten houses in one week in the southern Indiana town, which is still recovering from devastating tornadoes earlier this year.

Habitat for Humanity typically works on one house at a time, but it's known for changing the landscape by coordinating builds for families in need.

Earlier this year in March, tornadoes ripped through Henryville, leaving family after family homeless and dozens more with damaged homes.

On Friday, most of the families were at the building sites helping volunteers make the deadline to finish the ten houses in one week's time.

Michelle Friedly was impressed to meet people from all over the country who were in Henryville donating their time.

"It's like the whole country is sucked into Henryville - that is pretty cool!" she said.

Friedly and her family survived the tornadoes, which ripped through Henryville, leaving dozens of families with damaged homes - or homeless altogether.

"Me and my 17-year-old daughter were in the bathtub and that was pretty much the only thing left in the apartment when it was over with," Friedly said.

The building blitz in Henryville is a $1 million project made possible with a number of building experts and sponsors.

"We designed this so we could bring those skilled experts in, get them in, get them out and get those houses thrown up quick," said Gina Leckron, Habitat for Humanity State Director.

Each family is required to help with the construction, which is known as "sweat equity hours."

"On Monday morning, we started out with a concrete slab," Friedly said.

Friedly is almost finished putting in her sweat equity hours. Her new neighbors, Melissa Nasby and her family, hope to move in by Christmas. Her kids have already picked out their bedrooms.

"We lost part of the roof, so there is damage. Water was able to get in, so we have mold damage really bad," Nasby said.

She got to pick colors for the roof, siding and the shutters - all put on by strangers.

One of the families told us compared to how they are living now after the tornado, this will be heaven.

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