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Tornado repairs still on-going in Salem

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Harold Britt Harold Britt
 It has been more than two months since an early morning tornado tore through parts of Lee County.

Dozens of homes were damaged, and since then some residents have moved on, while others are still cleaning up.

When you drive around Salem, you still see plenty of down trees and damaged property.

We went back to one home on Lee Road 205 where the damage left an incredible image that showed the power of a tornado.

You might remember Harold Britt. We spoke with him after the April 29th tornado in Salem. The strong winds lifted his RV in the air and it landed on his truck.

"They totaled my RV out. And my truck is down at the body shop down there trying to get fixed," Britt said.

Britt is still working on his home. But, many neighbors have moved away and vacated their homes, even leaving tarps on the roof.  Britt says FEMA came through to offer residents loans. But, he declined.

"No, I just as soon handle it myself. The insurance company was pretty quick about coming and doing what they needed to do," Britt said.

With thousands of dollars worth of damage to his property, he has been making plenty of visits to the hardware store.

"I have been using my Home Depot credit card mainly. The insurance, they are going to reimburse us. We just got to send receipts in," said Britt.

His belonging are being repaired slowly, but, the signs of the tornado are everywhere as reminders. His driveway still has scrape marks from where the RV was. He says he still thinks about that scary morning.

"It was just one of those things. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess," Britt said.

Even through the property loss, Britt and his family keep a positive attitude. He says being upset won't change his circumstances, and there is only one way he can move past it.

“Working,” Britt said while laughing.

Britt says after the tornado, he increased his coverage on his homeowners insurance.

He says if it ever happens again, he wants to make sure insurance can completely replace anything that is damaged.

Britt says he hired a contractor to help him repair a storage building in his back yard. Right now, he does not have plans to get a new RV.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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