Henryville church, family remembers March 2 tornadoes


by WHAS11


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 8:01 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It was two years ago today when several tornadoes ripped through small towns in Kentucky and Southern Indiana killing dozens of people.

Today, the victims who lost their lives during the March 2 storms were remembered.

Thirty-four names were read aloud. They're the names of all the people from Indiana and Kentucky who were killed in the March 2, 2012 tornadoes.

On the second anniversary of the storm at Saint Francis in Henryville, thoughts and prayers went out to the victims of that day.

It was a day that changed the entire town of Henryville.

“Two years ago we were neighbors and acquaintances and some friendships here and there. But the whole community, now are friends. We are family together in a way that we weren't before,” St. Francis’ Father Steve Schaftlein said. 

Haley Huddleston, who's now 16-years-old, took shelter in her basement, with her dad and her younger brother and sister when an EF-4 tornado ripped through Henryville.

“I remember walking out of the basement and it’s the most terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me, because everything was totally destroyed,” Haley Huddleston, a March 2 tornado victim said. “Trees were down and it’s so scary to think that, that could happen in 10 minutes.”

Her dad's business was destroyed and their home had to be rebuilt.

Even two years later, the thought of this massive tornado still evokes strong emotions, in the Huddleston household.

“Anytime it rains we have some anxiety at our house, but a storm can cause a lot of friction but we're OK,” Cecelia Huddleston, Haley’s mom, said.

Haley says she still feels lucky despite what happened.

“It’s pretty scary. I try not to think about it sometimes. But I just know that I’m so lucky. Even though our house was destroyed there were tons of people who had it so much worse,” Haley Huddleston said.