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Pulaski County: One Year Since Tornadoes

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Reporter: Sally Delta

Pulaski Co., VA - It's been almost a year to the date that two tornadoes ripped through Pulaski County. Saturday, volunteers, donors and survivors of those devastating storms joined together to celebrate their recovery.

"We just wanted to bring everybody together and have something positive and celebrate the good things that have come out of something so tragic," said Tyler Kirkner, volunteer coordinator.

April 8, 2011, an EF-1 tornado touched down in the community of Draper. And just across the interstate, an even larger EF-2 hit Pulaski.

"There were probably 600 affected homes in the two jurisdictions," said Kirkner.

Through all the devastation, the most amazing part is that not one person was killed; there were a few injuries. But still a year later, the renovation continues and houses are still being built.

"We put a modular home on the same spot we were at," said Terry Bishop.

Terry Bishop's home was picked up, moved and dropped by the twister in Draper. He finally moved back into a home last September.

"It feels good to have everyone come out and support, plus all the volunteers. I can't say enough about the volunteers," said Bishop.

Roger Hudson is one of the many who stepped in to help. The last twelve months have been a time to rebuild Pulaski County stronger than before.

"We pulled together and put these people back into homes and that's what we were trying to do," said Roger Hudson, American Red Cross.

"It's been very disruptive to a lot of peoples' lives, but the beauty of it is the fact that there have been so many people who cared," said Kirkner.

The damage from the two tornadoes caused a reported $8.5 million in damage. In June of this year, they will have rebuilt 20 new homes.

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