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Quapaw resident reflects on EF-2 tornado that touched down one year ago

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 Standing in her yard, Aletha Rodgers points to where the tornado hit: just beyond the fence, close to her yard.

"And we survived it," she said.

It was a Sunday afternoon and rodgers and her husband watched it all from their porch.

"And it still puzzles me to the day," she said. "How did it not take our apartment and yet just a block over, it took houses."

Approximately 60 homes were damaged that day; fifteen buildings, including businesses, were destroyed.

Rodgers says she still looks back in awe.

"It's unreal. We could have lost everything. We didn't."

But it's the rebuilding efforts of the residents and businesses owners, she finds to be the most amazing.

"That they've been able to come back and build their homes back and help support everybody in the town," said Rodgers.

"I think everybody went through it pretty well" said Bill Nicholas, Quapaw Assistant Fire Chief. "It was hard at first, but I mean once everybody starts getting back to rebuilding and we get some things back going again. We've got the fire station back up and going."

The new fire station stands on the same location as the previous one that was heavily damaged.

  
"Everything's kind of fell back in to normal now," said Nichols. 

But if you look up, the ceiling is higher.  

Rodger says the past year presented many challenges for her fellow residents, but they never gave up.

"Keep your faith and hope and heal. Don't ever lose the faith and the hope."

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