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Lake Twp. community remembers deadly twister four years later

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Today Bill and Shirley White's biggest worry is getting their flowers to bloom.  But June fifth four years ago, was a very different story.

"We came out and it was just devastating, everything was gone," says Shirley.  "It really doesn't seem like it's been as long as it has but time flies by."

Shirley says everything but the clothes in their closet was destroyed in the 2010 tornado.  The house to their right blew right into their front yard.  As for the home on the left, three people died.  Today the lot stands empty.

"That still bothers us," Shirley says with tears in her eyes. "That bothers us tremendously."

The Lake Township community lost seven people that fateful night, including three people who lived next door to the White's.  The twister destroyed the police department, high school and many of the homes along this portion of main street.

"My neighbor went out and came back and the sheer terror on his face as he drove around the corner here and said oh my gosh, it looks like a war zone," recalls Kathy Mannon.

"It was really really hard on a lot of people, especially our officers that were here that evening when it did get hit," says patrolman Kelly Clark with the Lake Township Police Department.

Storm safety took on a whole new meaning for many neighbors including Bill and Shirley.   They built a storm shelter three years ago and filled it with blankets, flashlights and needed supplies.  Other residents are prepped too.

"We've got the weather radio,  extra shoes, the flashlights, the candles, the water," says Kathy.  "I've got a box  down there that I'm thankful for."

Despite the devastation, neighbors say they found a way to pull through. They'll never forget those they miss and the storm that changed their lives.

"The world goes on and you get through it and you draw on whatever gives you strength, and for a lot of us it was faith in the Lord," says Kathy. "That's what we went on."

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