Life After the Storm

Victims of the Blountstown tornado tell us very soon they may be left without shelter.
The Red Cross has given them a hotel room for three days, but that time runs out Monday.

A wall used to be part of a house lived in by the Houghs family. The Calhoun County family was trapped inside when a tornado shredded it. For Melissa Houghs, this was her second home lost to a natural disaster; her first one gave way to a flood.

Dreama Peters, best friend of Melissa Houghs, said, “Yes, as a matter of fact, that's how she ended up here. We lived next door to each other when that happened. FEMA bought her out and they bought this place."

The Houghs’ survived, but barely. There were two structures the piece of property; one used to be a mobile home that was lifted up by the winds and blown into an actual house. The family was crouched into the hallway. There was just enough bracing to save their lives, but one of them was injured.

Still in this neighborhood, the Houghs’ are considered lucky. In the house next, door two, people died, and another two lost their lives just down the street, but now the Houghs are wondering what to do. They have no insurance and now a new problem, looters.

One storm victim said, "I'm sure part of these people was not family and I don't know who's family and who's not, but they are down there going through all kinds of stuff."

They say the tornado struck the first blow, but they are finding loss of lifestyle doesn't end after the storm is gone.

Melissa Houghs says she wants to thank everyone for their support. Her 14-year-old daughter is still in the hospital with a hip injury resulting from the tornado.