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Millions in aid for tornado victims finally released

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HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Survivors of the killer tornadoes in southern Indiana are still struggling to recover.

Now, the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Department has learned millions of dollars in disaster relief is on the way. Money that was pledged months earlier. Troubleshooter Eric Flack dug to find out more about the announcement and what it means for storm victims.

Parts of Henryville look as if the tornado hit four days ago, not four months ago. The United Way now hopes a two million dollar relief grant now being made available will help speed up the recovery.

On March 22, 2012, two and a half weeks after powerful, deadly tornadoes tore up Southern Indiana, the Lilly Endowment pledged a $3,150,000 million grant to help in the recovery effort.

"The important thing is they made the announcement," said Mary Sullivan, United Way disaster manager. "They did not say here is the check."

Almost 4 months later that check finally arrived. The United Way March2Recovery Center announced on its Facebook page it has finally received the Lilly Endowment's grant money. $2,085,200 will go to tornado victims is hard hit Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties.

"It's not just about building houses," said March2Recovery Executive Director Carolyn King. "it's about looking to restore communities to what they were before."

King said the money will cover what she calls "unmet needs." That's losses insurance and FEMA won't pay for which in Henryville is a common story. 71 year old Virginia Grider can barely talk about it without crying.

"Yeah it's hard," a choked up Grider told Troubleshooter Eric Flack. "But the lord will provide and you just do the best you can."

Tornado victims in Clark, Washington and Jefferson County can register for assistance from that Lilly Endowment grant by calling 812-294-1677 or 502-599-8557. Holton/Ripley Counties and Scott County also got smaller grants from the Lilly Endowment. Contact your local disaster recovery center to find out more.

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