HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) – It's been more than seven months since the March 2nd tornado, but with the help of hundreds of volunteers recovery efforts are still well underway. Habitat for Humanity is just about to complete a building blitz.
"We saw the devastation right after the storm and we thought it was really important for Habitat to make an impact because over half of the people that were affected by loosing their homes or having major damage were low income families," said Gina Leckron, Indiana state director for Habitat for Humanity.
Shirley Miller will soon call a house home. She and her two boys were living in an apartment when the tornado stormed through. She says it's the little things, like putting up shutters that only excites her more about moving in.
"It has been amazing, it has been," said Miller. "It's been so fast and there are so many people that don't even know us here helping."
More than 750 volunteers from all over have made their way to the Twin Oakes subdivision on Monday to help out.
"We have RV caravaners from Florida and Louisiana and Detroit and Des Moines and then of course all over the state of Indiana," said Leckron.
Five days later, 10 exteriors are almost complete. "Indiana code calls for walls that are 90 mph wind resistant, we are actually building better, we are doing coastal standards which are 140 mph wind resistant and we feel like that is going to keep our families safe in case something like this should ever happen again," said Leckron.
God willing it never does, Miller says it's nice to know there are people out there willing to help get you back on your feet.
"They're amazing," said Miller. "I've told every one of them. Everyone I see, I stop and tell them how much I appreciate them."
The ten families are expected to move in sometime before Christmas.
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