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Recovery efforts still underway for some tornado victims

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Reminders of the March 2, 2012 tornadoes surround Allen's New Market home. Reminders of the March 2, 2012 tornadoes surround Allen's New Market home.
NEW MARKET, AL (WAFF) -

Recovery efforts continue a little over a year since the March 2nd tornadoes blew through the Tennessee Valley. The EF-3 twister left damaged a lot of homes in its path, damage that Bessie Allen is still working to repair.  

Reminders of the March 2, 2012 tornadoes surround Allen's New Market home. She looks back on the day more than a year later and remembers the panic she felt. 

"You so afraid you don't know what to do," Allen said.   

She was next door at her Pre-K through 10th grade school when the twister hit.  Her school wasn't damaged, but her home of 25 years wasn't that lucky.

"The ceiling caved in exactly where she would have been sitting had she not been subbing that day," said Allen's daughter, Marvella Burton.  "The windows and walls pushed out, a tree came through her bedroom." 

It's damage that Allen is still trying to fix more than a year later.  Damage that she is no stranger to.

"Her house was hit twice," said Burton.  "The first time was in April 2011 and again in 2012."

Allen said that she has had some help rebuilding her home.  

"Some folks have been helping by coming out, laboring," she said.  "Some come from other states because they know that we have this little school out here."

But her anxiety to return home builds with it. 

In the mean time, Allen is staying with Marvella, who lives a few feet away, as she waits for the final touches on her home. She hopes to be moved back in for the summer.

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