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Local family remains strong after losing home in tragic tornado

Baum community still devastated after tornado
Posted: 5:01 AM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 09:09:28Z
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This home on Steeds Run has been owned by the Byler family for 29 years.

But after a EF-3 tornado destroyed their home, David Byler says they will have to rebuild the home from scratch.

"I see 29 years of raising my daughter, my daughter my grandchildren here. Our parents that our gone. You know you just lose it all," said David Byler.

Luckily for now, the Byler family has a place live staying at a local motel which is paid by insurance.

But the family, must clean up the damage themselves.

Byler says his family has about two more weeks of cleaning on top of the 40 hours already spent picking up debris.

"We have been out here ourselves. Picking up every day," said Byler.

There is no timetable on when the Byler's new home will be built, but what Byler does know is it won't be anytime soon.

"Probably late December or early January if all goes well," said Byler.

But while the family waits they keep a positive attitude.

"I'll tell you something, I don't care if that whole house is bumbled to where it is just dust. As long as we are alive. I don't care about anything else," said Zachary Gillis.

Byler says that he estimates it will take him two months to get a permit to start building a new house.