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2007 Tornado Was Nearby Town’s Lesson On Storm Shelters

Posted on: 9:38 pm, May 21, 2013, by , updated on: 08:49am, May 22, 2013

As people in Moore, Oklahoma deal with the aftermath of Monday’s tornado, homeowners in a small town just east of the Quad Cities say they understand what they’re going through.

It was on June 1, 2007 when a violent tornado hit Fruitland, Iowa flattening houses and trees. One year later, News 8 went back there to see the new house built where Trina Lane and Annette Hutchinson’s old house once stood.

“It was a good and bad thing, because the community became very tight knit after going through that as a whole community,” Trina said in an interview with News 8′s Angie Sharp on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013.

Nearly six years after the tornado, that house is now a home and new trees are growing. Still, Trina and Annette say it’s a symbol of what happened in a place they never thought possible.

“To sit around and think that it’s never going to happen to you… We kind of did that,” Trina said.

“We didn’t think it would happen to us,” added Annette.

When it did, Trina and Annette were not home. Trina’s daughters were and took cover in the basement. Today, it’s in their rebuilt basement that they still find security… in their storm shelter.

“We asked them [Trina's daughters] what one thing was that they really wanted,” explains Trina.

“It wasn’t the size of their bedroom. It wasn’t anything else other than they wanted a shelter,” Annette said.

The storm shelter is directly below their front porch and is built of solid concrete. 99% of the time, it acts as an extra room. However, it’s that 1% – whether in Fruitland, Iowa or in Moore, Oklahoma – that reminds Trina and Annette that Mother Nature doesn’t have a map and anything can happen at anytime anywhere.

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