Three months later: Evergreen still rebuilding after tornado strikes
EVERGREEN (WSLS 10) - It's quiet driving into Evergreen. As you look across empty fields, now full of hay swaying in the breeze, you wouldn't know that homes once stood in them, or imagine they were ripped from their foundation just three months before.
But if you listen closely, you can hear a community rebuilding. During the day, hammers are in hand, hard at work.
Some of the first images seen of the devastation that February day came from Jimmy Womack's home.
"It's been a life changing experience. I never thought I would live through something like this," said Womack, who had lived in the home his entire life.
Now, brick by brick, his home is being rebuilt from the ground up.
"It's bittersweet," continued Womack.
Despite the heartbreak, he said he couldn't imagine rebuilding anywhere else than just yards away from his childhood home, but it still brings back painful memories.
"I just keep reliving it. Rehashing it. So. Maybe one of these day's I'll get over it," said Womack.
In three months time, the cleanup is almost complete. Although homes are being rebuilt, emotionally, there is a lot of work to be done.
"For me, it's just that I can't get that day off of my mind. I mean. A day in February. It's not tornado season. Who would have ever thought a tornado would have hit Evergreen," explained Womack.
Tough questions that the town's pastor is left to answer.
"Being a representative of God is one thing. Trying to necessarily answer for him is another," said Pastor Chris King at Evergreen Baptist Church, who has been the town's stronghold. "The blessing of this will one day reveal itself."
Although King said he can't tell his congregation why this happened, he said he can spot a miracle in the midst of tragedy.
"So many families lost all of their belongings. In the midst of all of that lost, there was grace," continued King.
Grace that spared the lives of the people of Evergreen and brought them closer as neighbors took care of neighbors.
"The tornado couldn't have happened to a better community. We have all come together. We are all family," said Womack.
A family who continues to rebuild and heal together.
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