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Stone County homes hit twice in one year

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STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

An EF2 twister tore through several homes off Red Hill Church Road in Stone County Christmas Day, leaving trailers on their sides and debris scattered everywhere.

"Through the grace of God, no one got hurt," Dennis Clearwater said with tears rolling down his face. "It was me, my girlfriend, her daughter and her seven-month-old daughter living here. So we are just blessed. Blessed to have family."

Clearwater said no one, except the pets who were found alive, were home when the severe weather moved through.

He is thankful his girlfriend's family has offered them a place to stay until they get back on their feet.

"Just the love and support means a lot. Just to say, 'I'm sorry for your loss,' that goes a long way. We are resilient. We will be resilient," Clearwater said.

This is not the first time the Magnolia community off Highway 26 has been scarred by mother nature's fury.

"This February it took the roof off, but we were remodeling," Clearwater said.

A few houses down, his neighbors were also picking up the pieces for the second time this year.

Bettie Quave said, "God has a reason for this and that's all we can look to. He gives and He takes."

Quave believes God was looking out for her and the other five people she lives with as they were coming home from their Christmas celebration.

"If we would have come the way we usually do, we would have been here," Quave said. "But God detoured us around a different way. This can be replaced. It's all material things."

Insulation covers the living room, but some personal belongings in the bedrooms were salvageable. Family and friends helped them gather what they could Wednesday.

"We have our church family, our friends our close family. It's a blessing," Quave said.

Although the ceiling continued to cave in throughout the day on Wednesday, the family could not help but be thankful no one was injured.

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