Family that survived tornado preparing to return to community - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Family that survived EF-4 tornado preparing to return to community

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)---A Henryville family that was ripped from their home during the March 2nd tornadoes is a step closer to starting over.

The Gilles family has been staying with family members in Sellersburg since that time.

On Sunday, they gave us a look at the place they'll soon call home

Trish and Darrell Gilles have been visiting their new home almost daily.

"Even if they just did one little thing on a wall or put on one door, you have to come see it," says Trish Gilles.

They're excited for the progress, and with good reason.

On March 2nd of this year, an EF-4 tornado threw their home, with Trish, Darrell, and their three kids inside. All but one, was sent to the hospital to recover.

Trish relies on a walker to get around, but has something to look forward to. 

"Every night we go to sleep and it's one day closer," says Trish Gilles.

Closer to a new home, and a new beginning.

The house is a month away from being complete. Unlike their first home, the new home has a basement which the kids requested.

"It just gives you a feeling of safety, even if it's just a small storm. Just knowing that we can run down there," says Darrell Gilles.

Just like their house, this family has come a long way.

"Prayers are working from everyone. Your thoughts. We're doing good," says Trish Gilles.

As they continue to make progress, they're just thankful to now have a place to soon return to in the community of Henryville.

"There's going to be a lot of quiet moments, but it's just a relief," says Trish Gilles.

"Just look around and see everything familiar. It's going to be great to just be back up here," says Darrell Gilles.

Trish Gilles says she hopes by September to be learning to walk with a cane.

Infinity Homes is building the family's home and did not add on any builder's costs for it.

Insurance has covered the rest.

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