Kokomo residents learning to cope during storm clean-up - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Kokomo residents learning to cope during storm clean-up

Updated:
KOKOMO, Ind. -

The tornado outbreak in Kokomo is forcing families to find new ways to cope, without things we take for granted - power, heat, even a warm shower.

In this kind of a disaster, everybody pitches in.

"It makes our community better," says Hannah.

With her little sister Henley and their parents Matt and Daphne, she is learning a lesson. Their house was spared so they are helping others.

"I am a nurse," says Daphne. She knows it's affected patients and coworkers.

It hit some neighborhoods, missed most, but affects everyone.

"It was crazy," says Clint Yates. "Monday is a day of work I missed."

Yates is just coping. The generator he just bought to light his house "ran for a couple of hours and now you can see all the oil on the ground. They wouldn't exchange it for me.

"It's finally starting to hit me now I don't know what to say."

His neighbor, Cathy DeCifuentes, fears for her house.

"Condemned, but I don't know that for sure," she said. "True, I haven't been able to go to work, but I have to tell you this response of the community, the people at my work, everyone has been so fantastic."

Around the corner, the Johnsons need only look next door to know their good fortune. But still, there is much coping required.

"I haven't been back to work yet," said Heidi Johnson. "We haven't been staying in the house because of no electricity , getting the kids around doing laundry...kind of difficult."

City crews have moved like an army of aid here, clearing debris. Now there is new word the city is waiving building permit fees for folks rebuilding.

"Overall, it's going to be great for the community. That will help tremendously," Johnson said.

Tornado relief resources

Powered by WorldNow