Six Months Later, Caruthersville Still Rebuilding

October 2, 2006 - Posted at 5:31 p.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO -- The tornado that rolled through Region 8 on April 2nd impacted nearly every one of the 6,700 residents of Caruthersville.  It's estimated that the storm damaged 60% of all the buildings in the tight-knit community and as they struggle to rebuild six months's something they take one day at a time.

It has been six months since the community of Caruthersville was hit by an F3 tornado.  And while the landscape has changed dramatically, the signs of the tornado are still present.  From the piles of debris to the scars of the spray paint still marked on the homes.

"Everybody's doing there share, especially these guys with the Christian Aid Ministries.  They're building houses and it's looking up, it's looking good.  We will survive, you can't keep a good town down," said Caruthersville resident Tim Sample.

The hammers still pound...and the wood is still being cut.

"In the last two months we were just basically building houses.  This house here we built in two days and last week we built two more houses," said Elam Fisher, a volunteer with the Christian Aid Ministries.

About 20 volunteers from the Christian Aid Ministries have been in Caruthersville working for the last few months. Rebuilding lives and houses one nail at a time.

"God sent us to come here and help those needy people here," said Fisher.

"Do you think the town is looking better?" asked reporter Heather Flanigan.

"Oh yes, yes definitely. It had to look better, it couldn't look any worse," laughed Sample.