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Henryville trying to move on three years after tornado ravaged town

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Three years ago Monday a series of powerful tornadoes ripped through the region, killing 34 people in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Henryville, Indiana, has since largely rebuilt but the memories are still strong, especially at the junior and senior high school.

The school became a symbol of both the storm's destructive power and of the community's will to recover.

Although Monday appeared to be just a normal day at Henryville junior and senior high school, March 2 will never really be normal there.

“I think it's a marked day in history, and it's going to be there forever,” said Henryville principal Troy Albert.

Three years ago today, an historic tornado ripped through Henryville, leaving the town in shambles.

Albert rode out the storm with a group of students and teachers as the school building was literally ripped away.

“I think it's three years since I survived a miracle, and I'm just glad to be able to be here to talk about it," he said.

Sophomore Isaac Middleton took shelter under a couch as his home was destroyed.

While he's trying to take comfort in the school routine, the memories are still vivid three years later.

“I'll always remember that day, and it will be a little different for me, and my family, and everyone in Henryville,” said Middleton.

Karen Albert is a science teacher at Henryville.

“Everyone is remembering what happened three years ago, but it really feels like everyone has moved on,” she said.

The school was rebuilt in less than 6 months for a price tag of some $50 million.

But with the work here and elsewhere done, survivors say they appreciate now, more than ever, the immeasurable value of those who came from across the country to help.

“And I'm also more freely giving that help,” said Troy Albert. “I think that's an important thing to have learned. I think our students have learned it, our community has learned it, and we're able to reach out and help others.”

“It's a day that you really stop to be thankful for what you've been given, and make every day count,” said Karen Albert.

One iconic image of the destruction was that of a school bus thrown into the front door of a restaurant across the street from the school.

It was renamed the Bus Stop , and has become a tourist attraction. But on this third anniversary, the restaurant, as it always is on Monday, was closed.

Henryville is getting back to normal.

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