Hamilton Crossroads Gives Thanks Despite Losses

By: Erica Proffer
By: Erica Proffer

Residents at Hamilton Crossroads are still trying to rebuild what they can in the city, after last week's storm damaged many homes and businesses in the area.

From an outsider, Hamilton Crossroads may look like a disaster, with tree limbs still scattered and many buildings ripped apart.

However, for many residents, it's simply time to move on.

Last week, a tornado ripped through the community bringing down a couple of businesses, the community fire station and the tallest water tower in Pike County.

However, people in the community say they can already see things getting better.

"I think it's progressing great. Even the day after the storm, I came out here and saw people around. Nobody was down, even though their properties were damaged," says Chad Snellgrove, who works in Hamilton Crossroads.

Cathy Mitchell and her husband Keith had part of their home torn apart when the tornado made its path right next to their home.

The home was flooded and they are still without power, so this Thanksgiving will have to be a change of pace.

"Last year, we had about 16 people here at out house, and we're not going to do that this year. We're all going to Sisters Restaurant in Troy and have our Thanksgiving dinner. We built this house 10 years ago, and it's gotten tougher" says resident, Cathy Mitchell.

"Tougher with this because it's easier to build a house than try to move out and repair and move back in," says husband, Keith Mitchell.

"Hope you've got something left to move back in," says Cathy.

One thing both Cathy and Keith say they will be giving thanks for this holiday is all of the help from people in the community and surrounding areas.

Officials say neither the fire department nor the water authority will have all repairs and rebuilding covered by their insurance, but are still planning to rebuild as soon as possible.

Emergency management leaders say the community will not receive money from FEMA due to the whole state's lack of requirements to receive a decoration.

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