Three months later, Henryville continues rebuilding with less fanfare


by Bryan Baker

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 11:40 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Three months after the devastating tornadoes, there's still a lot of work left to do in Southern Indiana. Some charities are promising to rebuild homes and businesses no matter how long it takes.
Somehow, the people of Henryville haven't lost their sense of humor.
"It was March 2, the day before my birthday," remembers Tammy Dyer. "That was a nice birthday present."
The spotlight is off Henryville and the damage in many other towns, but hundreds are still in need.
"You could hear the windows being beat out, and we lost two vehicles, roof on the house, siding, and several windows," recalls Joe Miller. "It beat up everything I had around there."
Insurance companies and FEMA have come and gone. Some of the money has been paid to people to cover damage. But there's still a gap for many families.
"They covered part of my front deck, which, that's the only way we get in front of the house, but they don't cover all of it, because the deck was old," adds Miller.
So at the fittingly-named Safe Harbor Church in Memphis, the programs still around to help in Southern Indiana made their pitch.
"We'll go digging around in the woods wherever they are and get their name on the list so a case worker will come around and say, 'What do you need?'" said Mark Martin of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, also known as the "green shirts" for what they wear -- one of the charities in Southern Indiana to coordinate efforts.
The collection of charities are here with a bold promise -- rebuild houses and rebuild lives.
The $285,000 Lady Antebellum raised for Henryville is paying for a new heating and air conditioning unit in Dyer's new home.
"I believe what they say, and so far it's happening to me, so, I don't know why it wouldn't happen to other people!" she added.
The money from the charities comes entirely from grants and donations.
New Hope Services, who's handling the money Lady Antebellum raised, told WHAS11's Bryan Baker they've only received 40 applications and want residents to apply for assistance no matter how small the problem.
To get help from the "Green Shirts" (CRWRC) and March2Recovery call the Volunteer Reception Center at 502-599-8557.