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Clean-up efforts continue in Ohio after May tornadoes; one woman shares her experience

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 07, 2019

Nearly two weeks after devastating tornadoes ripped through southwestern and central Ohio, the sounds of cleanup are heard: falling trees being removed and rooftop hammering, among other things.

At Jenny Conn's lot in Celina, Ohio, it's the sound of more destruction.

"My husband built our house with his own hands," she said. "To think that it's gone ... in like a minute's time."

The sounds are not unlike what she heard the night the tornadoes blew through as they huddled in their basement.

"I heard glass, things moving. Then, I heard our garage," she recalled. "It was just a big crunch."

When it ended, the Conn family fled to a neighbor's house. It wasn't until sunrise that they could truly see the damage.

"The whole back, like, my living room kitchen walls were blown out. There was no roof at all. There was no roof. It was just all open," Conn said.

Now, those walls and the roof — and 13 years of memories — are being loaded into dumpsters.

"It's tough," she said.

They plan to rebuild the same house on the original foundation. However, it will take a while.

Conn said she takes comfort in what matters.

"We're alive," she said.

Her message to others is simple: listen to the warnings. Get to a safe place. That saved their lives, she said.

"You are not going to outrun Mother Nature. You can't. Would I have ever guessed this would have happened to us? Never. But it did," Conn said.