Bartow storm destroys homes and family history

7:07 PM, Apr 28, 2011   |    comments
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BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- Gaines Road in the Bartow County is lined with storm damaged homes and dozens of victims, most of them members of the same family.

The violent storm that blew through the town of White destroyed Scott Huskins' home, and years of family history.

"I've worked since I was 16-years-old," said Huskins while choking back tears. "It's all gone."

Huskins lives on a street where most of his neighbors are cousins, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He grew up in the home destroyed by the storm, a house built by his father. He helped build several homes for family members, all of them ravaged by the weather.

Scott Huskins, his wife, and three children all survived the storm because of something else he built 10 years ago - a storm shelter.

"I got everybody in the back and held up a piece of plywood," said Huskins. "I never did build a door. It liked to suck me out."

"He was holding the plywood and I held the kids," said Huskins wife Janie.

Next door, Huskins' cousin Pat Kimbrel looked over the home where she grew up. Half of the house was on one side of Gaines Road, half on the other.

Kinbrel's daughter, Jennifer Franklin, was in the house with her two children, but escaped to a neighbor's basement just moments before the storm's arrival.

Two doors down, Joyce Huskins got a daylight look at the bedroom where she was sleeping moments before the storm ripped it open.

"God saved me," she said. "He had his hand on me."

On Gaines Road, the family that stays together, now rebuilds together.

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