Enterprise: Haunting Tornado Memories

The tornado that swept through Enterprise on March 1st has surely left its mark on this City of Progress. But officials say that the appearance isn't the only damage. It may still be causing stress and anxiety amongst residents.

Superintendent of Education Jim Reese said, "The entire community was, in some way, affected by the tornado. If you'll talk with anybody in Enterprise who was here on March the 1st, I think their lives were impacted and their lives have been changed since that day."

This anxiety has affected teachers and students alike, especially those who were directly affected by the tornado.

Choir Director at Enterprise High School, John Baker, said, "My children especially, they've been really afraid when weather, severe weather has been in the area, and my wife as well."

Band Director at Enterprise High School, Charlie Ford, said, "My sons, when the wind blows a little bit stronger than normal, they get a little uptight, it bothers them a little bit, although, over time, it's not as bad as it was there for the first month or so."

The Hillcrest Baptist Church Pastoral Council has played an active role in helping the students and teachers at Enterprise High School overcome the trauma, counseling those who had to endure the tornado.

Counselors have used a certain tactic to help speed up the healing process.

Director of Lay Counseling Karen Larrabee said, "I have noticed both with the support groups and with the students and the parents alike that those who received the help early on, shortly after the tornado, have healed much quicker."

And, even the students are playing an active role in helping each other cope with the effects of the disaster.

Minister of Pastoral Care, Reverend Jim Duhaime, said, "We have found that one of the greatest healing processes has gone from student to student, to be able to talk about what they're going through and have their friends do that with them."

The trauma these students faced is going to require some healing, but it will take some time.

Counselors at Hillcrest Baptist Church tell us they will continue to offer help as long as there is a need.

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