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DeKalb Co. tornado victims thankful for healing, rebuilding

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April 27th's storms wiped out entire neighborhoods across all of North Alabama. April 27th's storms wiped out entire neighborhoods across all of North Alabama.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

April 27th's storms wiped out entire neighborhoods across all of North Alabama.

Phil Campbell, Hackleburg, East Limestone, and Union Grove all made national headlines, but sometimes the devastation in DeKalb County is forgotten.

Henagar, Rainsville, and Sylvania were all in the path of the EF-4 tornado that day, and 31 people were killed in the storm there - a number second only to Tuscaloosa County.

Homes, businesses and schools were destroyed or badly damaged, and in the months since, there has been a lot of rebuilding and healing.

The people of DeKalb County said their thankfulness far outweighs any frustration.

"We don't know when.  It might be right now and it might be down the road, but we always know He's going to answer our prayers," said storm victim, Tim Fraley.

Fraley is getting a new roof, and so is Jacqueline Kulage, but volunteers are also having to rip out wood in homes damaged from leaks over the last 18 months. That can make things a bit frustrating.

"I've learned to put up with it.  I adjust to things very easily," said Kulage.

Officials with the recovery effort said they've been blessed with money and volunteers.

While a lot of work has been done, a lot is left to remain.

"Right now, we're scheduled pretty full through the fall, but if we had 10 groups right now, we could put them to work on 10 projects," said Roger Haney with the Longterm Recovery Committee.

Meanwhile, the federal government is making a final sweep checking for needs.

"There are case workers now that are out going door to door," said Haney.

These volunteers from Pennsylvania are not only welcome, but storm victims are also making new friends.

"The first crew was just as nice and awesome as these guys are," said Fraley.

"I enjoy having their company," said Kulage.

It was projected it would take until the fall of 2013 to finish the job. Haney hopes it will be done by the first of the summer next year.

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