March 25, 2007
Americus - - The road to recovery is finally coming for an Americus woman who lost everything she had in this month's tornado, including her home. Now an area organization is helping her re-build what the storm wiped away.
Disaster struck here. Steps to Mary Smith's home are all that remains from it. She's staying optimistic.
"I feel fine. Thank the Lord. I'm still alive."
Smith wears a brace over her shoulder from when the wind picked her up and blew her 500 feet away from her home.
Sunday, Smith hugged supporters who came to celebrate the groundbreaking of her new home.
"Some of them I know, some of them I don't. Some of them I worked with at school."
Mary Ann Crowley with New Horizons Habitat for Humanity says Smith's home was one of two habitat homes the tornado destroyed.
"We went through and made a list of all of our properties here, all 460 of them and we went door to door to see how people had fared and when we got down here we realized there was no one to talk to because there was no house here to knock on the door."
Smith is the first to get help having her home re-built. The three bedroom house will be a present for Smith in more ways than one.
"We've got a work plan to finish this house by Mother's Day," Crowley says.
And Smith cant wait.
"I'm gonna say I love it. I love it."
A total of five Habitat homes in Americus were damaged.