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Anderson Hill community hit twice by tornadoes

The Anderson Hills community in northwest Madison County was badly damaged during the storms in 1995 and 2011. The Anderson Hills community in northwest Madison County was badly damaged during the storms in 1995 and 2011.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Many communities in north Alabama know what it's like to be faced with rebuilding after a tornado.

A handful know what it's like to rebuild then be hit again.

The Anderson Hills community in northwest Madison County was badly damaged during the storms that came on April 27, 2011. That tornado came 16 years after a devastating day in May of 1995.

The 1995 tornado killed one person, destroyed 21 houses, and left 18 more badly damaged.

Several residents moved out, but many stayed.

George Ellis Jr. is among those who stayed.

Ellis came through the storms in 1995 then saw his home hit again in 2011. He said his insurance company helped him rebuild both times.

After the April 27 storm, a neighbor helped him get to a nearby hotel.

He spent several days trying to salvage what he could from his home and find his lost pets, but he never considered leaving the area.

Ollie Nance is another homeowner who picked himself back up and rebuilt.

"I just trust in the Lord," said Nance. "You can be anywhere and this can happen, so I'd just as soon be here as anywhere else."

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