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Two months later: Turner County residents continue tornado cleanup

Wednesday marked two months since a massive tornado tore through Dougherty, Worth and Turner Counties. (Source: WALB) Wednesday marked two months since a massive tornado tore through Dougherty, Worth and Turner Counties. (Source: WALB)
Now, some residents are still facing obstacles as they work to clean up the storm damage and get their lives back to normal. (Source: WALB) Now, some residents are still facing obstacles as they work to clean up the storm damage and get their lives back to normal. (Source: WALB)
"There's my front door on the ground. It's still locked," said Melodee Massey who lives on Highway 41 in Turner County. (Source: WALB) "There's my front door on the ground. It's still locked," said Melodee Massey who lives on Highway 41 in Turner County. (Source: WALB)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) -

Wednesday marked two months since a massive tornado tore through Dougherty, Worth and Turner Counties.

Now, some residents are still facing obstacles as they work to clean up the storm damage and get their lives back to normal.

"There's my front door on the ground. It's still locked," said Melodee Massey who lives on Highway 41 in Turner County.

Wednesday, she toured what's left of her home.

"This is where my backdoor was," she said as she explained which rooms were where in her home.

Two months ago, on Sunday January 22, she got word of what happened.

"I was at work and I got a call from my brother," Massey said. "He said, 'your trailer's gone. Where are you at?'"

An EF-3 tornado ripped through Turner County, destroying Massey's mobile home.

"People were rubbernecking out here trying to look. You couldn't get out here fast enough," Massey said.

The base of her mobile home still stands, just not where it once was.

Massey's home was hit on January 2 as well, a few weeks before the tornado.

Straightline winds devastated Turner County that day as well, killing one elderly man.

"I thought (my home) was going to go January 2nd. I was surprised when I got home and it was standing then, because it shifted it," said Massey.

However, when the tornado hit, she says she was not ready to lose such a big part of her life.

"It's kind of like the death of a friend or something when you lose something like that."

Massey said she's surprised at how many people have stepped up to help her clean up.

"I couldn't find anybody to hire to actually move this trailer out of here for me. It's friends and people from churches who've come out here and done this."

In good spirits, she said there's nothing she can do but move forward.

"It's just odd seeing all this," Massey said. "I don't have to clean out the cabinets now. I had been planning on doing that, but I think they're pretty clean."

Massey said she thinks her new home will be ready by the end of this month.

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