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Effingham Co. woman remembers losing home in 2008 tornado

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Wanda Rogers Wanda Rogers

Folks in Effingham county know all too well what the people in Moore, Okla. are going through, from the fear to the tremendous heartbreak.

"I know what those people felt like when they walk up and they see everything they worked for all their life gone," said Wanda Rogers. "It is not a good feeling. It just kind of shrieks you down a little bit."

It is like reliving a nightmare, that is how Rogers describes watching the devastation in Oklahoma.

"I kind of shook a little bit and started crying," said Rogers. "I felt for those people so much. I can't even begin understand what the ones that lost loved ones are going through. Thank the good lord I didn't go through that, my family was saved."

It was five years ago when her home and life were turned upside down by a tornado that hit her home on Woodland Drive in Effingham County.

"We don't know where we are sleeping. We don't have a change of clothes. We don't have anything. That is exactly how those people feel right now and it is not a good feeling," said Rogers. "It is a horrible feeling but they will come through it."

She is just thankful that she finally has a place to call home again. But her life, like those in Oklahoma, will never be the same.

"It was hard and it took us a long time to get back. A year and half or a little better. Things are never the same but with faith and prayer, good family, good friends and a good community, you are on your way."

Rogers says it will be a while before the people of Oklahoma are able to get their lives back together, but with the help of the community, they will be able to pull through.

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