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After The Storm: One Year Later

Dade County mom moving home a year after tornadoes

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(WRCB) - In Dade County, Georgia, people are still counting blessings one year after the historic and deadly tornado outbreak destroyed many communities.

Survivors know they're lucky to be alive.

"The ceiling right there in the hallway started falling on me," recalled Rachel Phillip.

She and her young daughter, Devorai, called Mountain View Apartments in Trenton home for just a month and a half when a tornado destroyed most of the small complex in seconds.

They were in a neighbor's apartment on the second floor when the tornado struck. The Phillips' unit on the same level was also torn apart.

They feared for their lives, but tried to stay strong, unable to escape to the ground floor before the storm hit.

"I just shook it off," said Phillip. "I was like I'm not dying here in this apartment. God, I'm sorry, but I'm not dying. You're not taking me right now."

Phillip said she didn't hear the storm coming, it was raining so hard. The storm left its mark in the blink of an eye, but to Phillip the whole thing happened in slow motion.

Shaken, she had to regroup quickly to comfort then twelve-year-old Devorai.

"I can't lose it in front of my daughter because then she's going to lose it," said Phillip. "It's alright. It's going to be okay. It's just stuff. It can be replaced. We're still alive."

They received help from FEMA, but Phillip said it wasn't enough. They're thankful for additional assistance provided by local organizations and the community.

Phillip said the experience brought her and her daughter closer to God and each other and has made them more passionate about helping others.

"It brought us closer to family and friends even more than ever before," stated Phillip.

Most of the time since the tornado has been spent living with Phillip's mother at Edgewood Townhouses.

They've been packing at a furious rate, said Phillip, ready to move back to their home at Mountain View, free of the physical scars from the storm a year ago.

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