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McDonald's Employee: "I've had a nice vacation."

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RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY (WRCB)  --  Monday, it was back to the hustle and bustle of a typical shift at McDonalds in Ringgold.

It's been six months since many of the employees last saw each other, after their former restaurant was destroyed when an EF-4 tornado that ripped through the city.

"It was probably the scariest thing of my life," says Jessika Seitz.

She was working that night and remembers grabbing as many customers as she could and heading for the cooler.

"We all could've died," Seitz says. "We heard things crashing down and we were all just huddled together."

Another employee watched from a distance.

"We stood up on the hill and I couldn't figure out who was in it," employee, Sandy Holland says. "I could see down here and I could see that it was gone."

Holland fought back tears while recalling the night of April 27th.  

Holland was hired at McDonald's 18 years ago, but for the last six months she's been out of work.

"I've had a nice vacation," she says. 

And, on her first day back, Holland worked an 11-hour shift.

While a small fry and "McDouble" may have little meaning to another fast food restaurant. But, for Ringgold's "McFamily", as they call themselves, it's a symbol that their city is slowly but surely rebuilding.

Management says out of the 60 employees that formally worked there, 40 came back and 40 new workers.

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