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Marion families survive incredible storm damage

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A Marion mobile home was tossed onto another during Sunday's storms. A Marion mobile home was tossed onto another during Sunday's storms.
Collena DeBoard Collena DeBoard
Dustina Harnett Dustina Harnett
MARION -

Sunday's tornadoes lifted a Grant County mobile home off the ground and dropped it on top of the home next door.

Both families were inside their homes in the Summit Village Mobile Home Park in Marion when the storm hit. The houses were among the more than 60 that were damaged in the city Sunday.

"Everybody is alive. We are all safe," said Collena DeBoard with a serious look on her scratched-up face. "We are truly blessed. It's a miracle, really."

Collena says the tornado hit like an earthquake. She reached for her boyfriend's two small children.

"I got Wyatt under my arm. I reached out for Jasmine and we started flipping around," she explained. "The whole thing was lifted up and was tossing us around."

Airborne and crashing upside-down on top of Dustina Harnett's home.

"As we started to step into the bathroom, the floor went out and we dropped and everything was black," she said.

Dustina, seven-year-old Braeden, nine-month-old Brenna and the girl's father were trapped beneath a 36,000-pound mobile home. They tunneled out from the collapsed floor of their home, through the broken roofs of the two homes.

Dustina pointed thought a shattered window into a crumpled, upside-down hallway and living room, explaining, " We were inside that. We climbed over and down this way."

Was there any time you thought you wouldn't get out?

"I was going to get out," she said. "I was determined to get my kids out. I felt okay, I didn't feel anything. I feared for my kids to get them out."

Collena dug herself, the children and boyfriend from beneath the furniture and other debris. No one was seriously hurt. They survived with scrapes and bruises.

Sitting inside her mom's home next door, she admitted, "I feel like at some point I'm going to wake up and this is all a bad dream. It is still hard to look at our happy home."

Both moms say the children are still terrified for them, recovering and rebuilding their lives will be more difficult than the tasks of cleaning up and finding new homes.

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