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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A year later, the ambulance is repaired and back in service, the Ider Rescue Squad cooks meals for volunteers rebuilding homes, and Frank and Brenda Taylor live in a new log cabin.

Life is more normal than they ever thought it could be that chaotic night. But that doesn't mean it's been an easy year.

"We had to learn to look beyond the devastation and think about what it will look like after it is rebuilt," Brenda Taylor said.

Most of their neighbors who lost homes in the same EF5 tornado are also back in new houses. But the treeline on Pea Ridge, where they first glimpsed the funnel headed their way, is still full of gaps. With no trees to block it, the wind blows constantly, swirling dust from the construction sites and freshly planted lawns.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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