Making the most of what they have left

Published 11/22 2013 12:14PM

Updated 11/22 2013 12:24PM

WASHINGTON -- One area family is lucky to have a roof over its heads, but it's only temporary. Sophie Nielsen-Kolding finds out what steps people are taking to rebuild hope.

It's hard to believe anyone would survive this tornado barreling through a Washington neighborhood. We found the family who rode out the storm in that white house with the white fence.

"Found some credit cards!"

We caught up with the Williams' family in the lobby of the Stoney Creek Inn. People have been setting donations at their doorstep. All five are sharing one room.

"Welcome to our new home!"

Glen Williams says they're at this hotel because it's pet-friendly.

"He's an important part of our lives so we wanted to bring him with us."

One source of comfort in such a chaotic time.

"Just no normal thing in our life. Nothing that's going on that's normal. It's just all gone."

"I mean, I get up and I wonder, what outfit and I going to wear, what clothes am I going to wear?"

Sally's friends are coming down from Chicago. They load donations into the elevator. She knew they were bringing help; she just didn't know how much. She says it's this outpouring of kindness which is helping her stay sane.

"What we have been through has been an absolute catastrophe and our lives have been changed forever and that is what is getting us through this absolute nightmare."

While they go through much-needed donations, this family is also dealing with insurance and housing.

"Had to go to the doctor's for blood pressure, which I've never had, so I think my blood pressure will now, hopefully decrease quite a bit because that's the main thing. Trying to find a place for your family to live."

But, luckily, they've found somewhere to stay.

"It was for sale and they offered it up for rent because they were trying to help out the victims. They didn't have to do that. They could have sold it."

When it finally comes time to rebuild, the Williams' know which town it will be in.

"I'm not going to go anywhere else but Washington."

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