Family Rebuilds After Leap Day Twister

Family Rebuilds After Leap Day Twister

After the leap day twister of 2012 blew away the Keiths home, they rebuilt--and said they're grateful for the storm that forced them to.
The leap day twister of 2012 left a mile-and-a-half-long mark on Russell and Casey Counties.

A year later, it's hard to tell.

"Most of them have been rebuilt," said Russell County Emergency Manager H.M. Bottom.

Gina Keith's double-wide mobile home was destroyed in the tornado. She and her husband, Phillip, decided to build a bigger and better home--complete with basement shelter.

"Had it not been for the lord and tornado, we wouldn't have had this house," said Keith.

The EF-2 twister had no fatalities--just a lot of damage. But not everywhere rebuilt as the Keiths did.

"There used to be a house trailer that sat on this side of the road," said Bottom, who pointed to an empty grassy patch--a lone basketball hoop stood beside it.

As to the feelings left over from the event, Keith said she'd felt shock...but there was nothing to do about it after.

"It is what it is," she said.
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