June 6 2012 – Rebuilding

Josh is working on a documentary about the Perkins School For the Blind so we decided to stop by Helen Keller’s House on our way out to Phil Campbell so that he could collect some background footage.

Once we got to Phil Campbell we spent some time collecting footage of the town and the tornado’s path.

Our first interviews of the day were with the patrons of Mrs. D’s. The tornado destroyed the restaurant but Mrs. D’s is back up and serving lunch to the residents of Phil Campbell.

Our next interview was with Rita Barton, an employee at the town’s bank. Rita and the other employees were inside the vault of the bank when the tornado passed over them. Rita is the organizer for the I’m with Phil Event, a day where Phil Campbell’s from all over the world travel to the town for a celebration. Rita wanted to cancel last year’s event due to the tornado but ‘Brooklyn Phil’ suggested that he and the other Phil’s come in to help with the recovery.

After interviewing Rita we headed over to the community college and spoke to some of the faculty there.

When we pulled up at the site of the new Mountain View church we were shocked at how quickly the construction was progressing. We interviewed Tom McAfee, a volunteer from Joplin who lived through last year’s EF4. Tom was in the basement with his wife and grandson when the tornado passed directly over their house. Tom said that recovering from the tornado taught him the importance community and accepting help. Even when he thought he was getting by on his own other people had been there helping him and he is stronger for it.

On our way back to Huntsville we passed a man who was out riding his horse down the meridian of the highway.

Josh is working on a documentary about the Perkins School For the Blind so we decided to stop by Helen Keller’s House on our way out to Phil Campbell so that he could collect some background footage.

Once we got to Phil Campbell we spent some time collecting footage of the town and the tornado’s path.

Our first interviews of the day were with the patrons of Mrs. D’s. The tornado destroyed the restaurant but Mrs. D’s is back up and serving lunch to the residents of Phil Campbell.

Our next interview was with Rita Barton, an employee at the town’s bank. Rita and the other employees were inside the vault of the bank when the tornado passed over them. Rita is the organizer for the I’m with Phil Event, a day where Phil Campbell’s from all over the world travel to the town for a celebration. Rita wanted to cancel last year’s event due to the tornado but ‘Brooklyn Phil’ suggested that he and the other Phil’s come in to help with the recovery.

After interviewing Rita we headed over to the community college and spoke to some of the faculty there.
When we pulled up at the site of the new Mountain View church we were shocked at how quickly the construction was progressing. We interviewed Tom McAfee, a volunteer from Joplin who lived through last year’s EF4. Tom was in the basement with his wife and grandson when the tornado passed directly over their house. Tom said that recovering from the tornado taught him the importance community and accepting help. Even when he thought he was getting by on his own other people had been there helping him and he is stronger for it.

On our way back to Huntsville we passed a man who was out riding his horse down the meridian of the highway.

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