Marysville residents say they are not getting the help they need after March 2 tornado


by WHAS11

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 5:52 PM

MARYSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- MARYSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The organization "March 2 Recovery" held a meeting for Marysville residents at the New Washington Fire Department Thursday in an effort to offer hope to residents who said they feel forgotten in the relief effort to help rebuild after the March 2 tornadoes.

"We're at the mercy of people to help, and I keep hearing there are people helping, but I'm not seeing any of them," resident Jamie Stewart said.

Stewart lost her home and had no insurance. Her family is now staying at her mother's home in Charlestown.

"My 1-year-old son sleeps in her laundry room," Stewart said.

Stewart is the only resident left wondering how long they will wait for help.

"Everyone wants to know where the money is," resident Lisa Clapp said.

Clapp lost her home and has been living in a trailer since April.

March 2 Recovery volunteers and staff help residents in Washington, Jefferson and Clark counties. They just secured more relief funds.

"We received a grant for $2 million from the Indiana Natural Disaster fund, but we're getting it in installments. So, we just received the first $250,000 as of yesterday," Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, March 2 Recovery member, said.

Case managers will start assessing the needs of residents, but residents said it's overdue.

"We feel sorry for the people in Henryville, but the community feels like we have been the lost ones," Clapp said.

March 2 Recovery officials said they are committed to helping people in all three counties.

"It's gonna take some time, but we will be doing it, and we're not going to go away until we have," Mills-Knutsen said. 


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