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Clark County Residents Planning to Rebuild After Tornadoes

Marysville residents say they plan to rebuild their town that was devastated by last Friday's storms.

Residents in the Clark County town of Marysville are in good spirits this week, despite much of the town being destroyed by two large tornadoes, and many residents say they are eager to begin rebuilding.

Sharion Clapp was away from Marysville Friday afternoon, visiting relatives. When she returned to her home on Marysville Rd, it was destroyed. Despite the widespread destruction, Clapp plans to rebuild.

“I’m going to rebuild here right on my spot,” she says. “I’ve lived here 28 years now.  This is the house my husband, my ex-husband, he’s deceased now, this is the house he grew up in.”

Clapp says volunteers have been in town since Saturday morning, helping residents clean up their properties, and making sure everyone has hot food and fresh water.

Clark County Commissioner John Perkins says no one is giving up on the town, and the county will help in the rebuilding efforts.

“We’re going to try to do everything we can to make sure Marysville is built back as good or better than it was before the disaster,” he says.

He says residents in Marysville have no plans of leaving.

“The atmosphere is very positively about rebuilding and getting back to normal,” Perkins says. “Now, its going to take a while, but I believe strongly that the people of Clark County have the will and the ability and the desire to get it done.”

The Red Cross and Salvation Army have sent relief crews to Clark County. 12 Hoosiers were killed by the storms.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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