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Residents in Convent credit their faith for saving their lives

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago February 24, 2016 Feb 24, 2016 Wednesday, February 24 2016 February 24, 2016 4:44 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

CONVENT - Residents in Convent spent their Wednesday picking up the pieces and trying to salvage items from their homes. It comes after a tornado swept through the area reducing homes to rubble in a matter of seconds.

"I'm thankful," Wallace, a Convent resident said. "Thankful to be alive!"

Wallace was inside the front of his home when the walls collapsed around him. His house was leveled. Along Water Tower Street, power lines are down, debris is strewn all over the place and people are trying to save any items they can.

"I appreciated life before then," Wallace said. "But, you see this happen, I didn't think it would happen. I know there was a God before, and I know there is a God after."

Many of the people who live on the storm ravaged street say they had a feeling yesterday. It was a gut wrenching feeling that told them to get out. They believe that feeling saved many of their lives.

"God just sent me a sign to leave," Raven Thomas said. "It was on my heart. I had to go."

Raven Thomas decided to check into a hotel two hours before the storm. That decision may have saved her life. From Water Tower Street to the Sugar Hill RV Park, residents there were also picking up their belongings. The search continues for one person still unaccounted for.

"You can rebuild an RV Park," Mark Anderson said. "But the loss of life, I feel for these families."

"The trailer just come up off the ground and slammed to the ground," Braxton Lott said. "I told my wife, just hold on. I held on to the baby and we started rolling. I think we should have died."

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