Family in home thrown during March tornado speaks to WHAS11


by Brooke Katz

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 6:03 AM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. -- It's been a year since an EF-4 tornado ripped apart the Henryville home of Trish Gilles.

"We remember every bit of it, from the lights going out to every piece of glass that shattered," Trish told WHAS11 News.

Trish, her husband and their three children were at home when the twister hit. It lifted their house and tossed it 300 yards. Their house crumbled around them, leaving Trish stuck in the rubble. Her husband gathered the children to get help, forced to leave her behind.

"That's when the second tornado went through," Trish said. "He turned around and saw it hovering over me."

Trish found strength in a neighbor who stayed by her side and shielded her from the storm. She also found strength in her children.

"There's just this will that kicks in, especially if you're a mom," Trish said. "You know what you have to do to get through it."

The family suffered severe injuries. Trish's pelvis was shattered, her son's back was broken and her daughter had to be put in a coma for a couple of days. The family reunited at the hospital. Their wounds are now healing, but the memories are still haunting. 

The Gilles family has a new house, right where their old one once stood. While it still doesn't quite feel like home, Trish says her family is grateful.

"For us, we know how much stronger we are," Trish said. She told WHAS11 News the tragedy strengthened their faith in God, and formed an incredible bond in her community.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for a look back at the devastation caused by the storms on March 2 that blew through Kentuckiana.