Amherst County family recovers sentimental item from tornado rubble

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 9:27 PM EDT
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Piles of rubble now greet Rene Sellick as she walks through her front door.

The home was left in shambles after an EF-2 tornado touched down in Amherst County Sunday night.

Now, her home is barely recognizable. “I look down the hallway and this is like… it’s not real," she said.

Sellick and her family - who were home when disaster struck - are now trying to salvage what they can from the wreckage. "That was the kitchen," Sellick said as she pointed to a pile of rubble.

It was a Kitchen where, Sellick says, a lot of family memories were cooked up. Now those memories are left scattered in her back yard. “It’s like pieces… you want to find pieces that you can hold on to," she said with tears in her eyes.

But, Sellick is able to hold on to one special piece: a cross.

It was given to her by a friend after her mother passed away from cancer. “She gave it to me in a card and I hung it on that wall so it would be there and we could see it every day," Sellick recalled.

Every day Sellick says she will hold on to that cross that once hung on her wall; and at the end of the day, she says she's thankful that no one in her family was hurt. "A house is things and yes it is sad because your family gets displaced but you can bounce back from it, you can prevail.”

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