BORDEN, IN (WAVE) – The Jackson family had to say goodbye to their house on March 2. It was destroyed by the tornado. This was a house that has been in the family for more than 100 years, but now they are starting over in their brand new home.
"There was days when I didn't think I could make it and good God above, he helped us," said Vicki Johnson.
Daisy Hill is a small community outside of Borden that wasn't spared by the devastation of the March 2 tornadoes.
"Everybody around here is family, and we all survived," said Vicki Jackson.
Vicki Jackson and her brother Gary Jackson lived in a home that originally belonged to their parents.
"I still kind of miss the old place," said Gary. While there was a lot of history, it wasn't always the easiest place to live for Gary, who is wheelchair bound.
"My bathroom really wasn't big enough and most of the doors really wasn't wide enough, I was always, well you could track me, wheelchair marks on everything," said Gary.
He is no longer is going to have to worry about that. In their newly built home, Gary is able to move around easy. The doorways are wide and he has a bathroom custom made for him. These are updates that just wouldn't have been possible before the storm.
"It's kind of a blessing, we got something better, you know, really," said Gary. "It is a blessing actually."
Vicki says her main concern was making sure they had a safe place to go during severe weather. "Everybody can come here and get in the basement because it is big enough, we have plenty of room now," said Vicki.
Volunteers from Illinois are in the process of building a deck and a ramp, so Gary will be able to get down to the basement.
"It's been a hard road, I don't know why I'm crying, it's happy crying because I'm glad to be home," said Vicki.
The Jackson family did have insurance, but they were under-insured. They plan to pay off the house little by little. They say they are still waiting on help from FEMA.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:06:24 GMT
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