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Habitat Building Homes For Displaced Henryville Residents

Henryville is still recovering from the March tornado, and some residents are only beginning the process of building their homes.

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    Volunteers are building ten homes in Henryville.

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    Habitat volunteers hammer down a board that will go onto the exterior of a home.

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    Volunteers work on the roof of a home in Henryville.

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    Volunteers begin to work after a lunch break.

Seven months after a tornado tore through their town, residents of Henryville are getting a helping hand to build new homes.

It was March second when a tornado devastated the town of less than 2,000. It’s still recovering, and some residents are only beginning the process of building their homes.

Danielle Gurthrie and her daughter have been living in temporary housing. Now, with the help of Habitat, she and several of her neighbors will get a new home.

“It helps tremendously, it was a great surprise to hear that they had gotten it, I have a three year old daughter, she is very happy, so am I,” she says.

Habitat volunteers are building ten homes in Henryville.

Habitat Volunteer Colleen Breslin came from Philadelphia. She says working on large scale disaster projects like this one is difficult, but rewarding.

“We are here working 10-12 hours a day this week,” she says. “We are here all day long, supervising and helping out with projects and we are here to help clean up to 5-6 o’clock every night.”

Habitat began construction on the homes Monday. The exteriors are expected to be completed this week, and the families should be ready to move in by Christmas.

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