Brookport Still Recovering Three Months After Tornado

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By Matthew Searcy
By Randy Livingston

BROOKPORT -- Three months after the Brookport tornado, the community still faces a long road to recovery.

"It's hard to see people that you have lived next to and you've known for years and now they're gone and they're not coming back," explained Brookport resident Marylyn Loudermilk. 
 
A lot has changed in the three months since the Brookport tornado. Loudermilk has lost 13 neighbors, many have moved, one was killed.  
 
"The guilt and the depression sets in when I think, "They're gone and why am I here?" said Loudermilk.  
 
Her home sustained thousands of dollars in damage from the storm, but a harsh winter has slowed down the rebuild.  
 
"I still have to have my roof repaired and my guttering," explained Loudermilk. "It did take all of my fence. That's the only thing that I have had repaired so far." 
 
Handyman Robert Jakway says there's been no shortage of work since the storm.  
 
"I helped a buddy of mine put a trailer in and we rebuilt his porch," said Jakway. "We've done four or five roofs here.
 
The weather has slowed the rebuild process. 
 
"We tried building a fire out here when it was snowing and we'd spend more time around the fire than working," explained Jakway. 
 
There's still debris to cleanup in some parts of the town but many residents say the top priority is porch repairs and roof work.  
     
"We're looking to rebuild to get our community back to what it was," explained Loudermilk.  
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