Rebuilding on the minds of Brookport residents

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus

BROOKPORT, Ill. - The Christmas calm is over in Brookport and it's back to work cleaning up for people like Ron White.

"I just didn't believe what I saw - I just didn't believe it," White said.

His Unionville Road rental property is one of more than three dozens homes in Massac County either damaged or destroyed.  Despite the loss, he sees the silver lining.

"God, he does not make mistakes.  And I just believe things happen in order that we might draw a little closer to him," he said.

White registered with FEMA.  A FEMA spokesperson says 224 other families have done the same.  White's lived here for about 20 years and says the town is bruised, but not broken.

"I would say it would take anywhere from 2 to 3 years for everyone to bounce back," White said.

The recent snow slowed down white and his neighbors.  He said he lost about a week from the cold weather.  Now, with the sun shining, his construction crew is back at it and white says it's only a matter of time before the city is put back together.

"I just know the Lord God will work everything out for the good," he said.

The distribution center in Brookport is expected to move into phase two of their recovery efforts next week.  Meanwhile, the FEMA disaster recovery center will change hours of operation to Monday-Saturday 9am to 6pm.

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