The Cleanup in the Aftermath of Ivan Will Be Longer for Some Than Others

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis


For one Holmes County family, memories are all they have left of their home.

It's been six days since the tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Ivan rushed through Holmes County and left some residents homeless.

Lia Eply was one of the tornado victims last week when hit by a Hurricane Ivan twister and says, “We seen where it was close. We huddled in the foyer and prayed. It felt like the house was falling around us.”

Lia Eply spent last Wednesday night with her parents in the house she grew up in. Thirty years of memories in the house were reduced to a pile of rubble in within minutes.

“I was amazed, I couldn't believe it. I was upset, but we are ok," she says.

The home is one of nine which were lost that night in Holmes County. Though the County Commission estimates it may take several months to get back to normal, they are pleased with the amount of help they've been getting.

Howard Owens is the District Three representative on the commission and says, "We've had a lot of help come in, FEMA, State, DOT. We've had a lot of help and we really appreciate that."

As Lia and her family, it may take years to replace what Ivan took within minutes.


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