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Flat Rock resident empathizes with OK victims

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Strickland Building Supply (Source: Susan Wright) Strickland Building Supply (Source: Susan Wright)

People in Alabama know all too well the devastating damage and deaths that tornadoes can bring.

Few know what it's like to have to deal with it twice, but some residents in Jackson County do.

One woman's business was hit in 2003 only to have another tornado come back to affect her family again in 2011.

In 2003, nearly $1-million worth of damage was done when a tornado struck Strickland Building Supply located in Flat Rock.

Eight years later, to a much lesser extent, the building was struck again.

Owner Susan Wright said the 2011 tornado also struck her home doing more than $10,000 in damage.

Wright understands what the people of Oklahoma are dealing with.

The business today is rebuilt, but back then Wright said, like Oklahoma, her focus was on the local elementary school, which was just down the road.

Fortunately for Flat Rock, their elementary school was not affected.

But Wright said their prayers are now going out to the parents of those in Oklahoma.

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