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Six month anniversary of Columbus/Phenix City tornado

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Six months ago today an EF2 tornado ripped through Columbus and Phenix City, and tonight families continue to pick up the pieces.

Traffic signals that once lay in the streets are now back to work. Siding ripped from buildings has been replaced. And streets, once littered with debris are now clear.

Several homeowners in the Lakebottom area had tress land on their houses, but after months of work, things are starting to get back to normal.

Lakebottom resident Olivia Pennington told News Leader Nine, "We have a close-knit neighborhood and everybody has been helping out with everyone and I noticed some are still in the renovation stage."

Some residents were fortunate enough to stay in their homes while repairs were being made, but Pennington's family wasn't so lucky, "We ended up having to leave the house for two and a half months just to make sure everything was done. We got a lot of work done on the roof and made sure we did everything we needed to have no leaks."

Valley Lanes took the hardest hit from the tornado. Not much has changed for the business since the storm and managers tell us they will not re-open. They say starting from scratch will cost them too much time and money.... A process Pennington understands, "We still have small things to take care of in the backyard with lawn damage. It's still happening. People are still renovating, even six months out people still feel the effects of a tornado coming through Lakebottom."         

Before the one year anniversary of the tornado rolls around, residents hope to have their homes all patched up.

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