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Storm victims remember tornado that ripped through Lee Co. 1 year ago

CRAWFORD, AL (WTVM) -

John Johnson and his family are happy to be home.

The EF-3 tornado that hit in the early morning hours of April 29, 2014 tore their house apart and left them living in hotels and apartments for seven months.

"Everyone from the beginning even up until now, people still come and support us in every way," says Johnson.

The feeling of gratitude is common throughout the neighborhoods off Alabama Highway 169.

Lillian Baker lost the trailers in her mobile home park and the second floor of her house, but today she is thankful to be back on her feet surrounded by loved ones.

"I continue to pray that the Lord will continue to spare us as he did through the tornado. I know he will," says Baker.

We introduced you to Oscar Monagan the day after the tornado left his home in ruins.

Now, the retired contractor is continuing to remodel a new yellow two bedroom home for him and his dog, Sarah.

"Time has passed so fast and so many things have changed. It feels like it has been three or four months, but time has passed so fast and everything has worked out well," explains Monagan.

And even though the community may not yet be back to perfect, they are thankful no lives were lost in the storm and for each person who helped came out to help.

"The tornado just wiped out everything and thankfully everyone's lives were spared and that's the most important thing, material things can always be replaced," says tornado victim, Matthew Vaughn.

To show their gratitude, the neighbors will host an afternoon barbeque Saturday, May 2.

They invite all of the volunteers and groups that helped them rebound from this tragic storm.

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