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After The Storm: One Year Later

Out of the rubble, Rhea County rebuilds

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(WRCB) - On April 27, 2011 an EF-1 and an EF-4 tornado tore through parts of Rhea County. Spring City felt the brunt of the storm.

"That night my son and I stood on the front porch and watched the clouds go above and have a clear sky below. I pointed out, that don't look good," says James Allen Grogan.

Grogan knew the weather was taking a turn for the worse long before the tornado destroyed his mother's double-wide mobile home. He remembers taking cover seconds before.

"It wasn't 30 seconds, tornado hit and blew my son through the house," says Grogan. "Ten seconds, it was gone."

Evans Street was turned into a pile of storm debris. Astonishingly, no one was seriously injured or killed, however two people in the county were treated for minor injuries.

"God, he's got a plan for everybody, and it wasn't mine that day," Grogan says.

The Grogans began to rebuild, and one year later their new home sits on the site where his family has lived for years. "I couldn't believe it'd been a year," explains Grogan.

However, not everyone chose to come back. Behind Grogan's home sits a skeleton of a home's foundation. Weeds and shrubs have begun to cover it up.

The landscaping may look a bit different, but Grogan refuses to call anywhere else home. "It was good to be back," Grogan says.

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