A Bartow County, Georgia family and their dog are just happy to be alive. A tornado ripped across their 12 acre property April 27 and destroyed more than 700 trees, dumping branches and debris on their house, but amazingly not causing any major damages.
Home owner Ben McKenzie says that the tornado miraculously came across the hill and destroyed nearly every tree on his property and then skipped over his home. He added that when he saw the tornado approaching, that he feared for his family’s lives. When the tornado hit, they hunkered down in the hallway and prayed.
Another miracle was the survival of their three-legged dog, which had been outside when the tornado hit the area. The McKenzies said they didn’t know where he had been, but that the next morning he appeared. He was frightened, but unharmed.
McKenzie said that now the dog doesn’t leave his side and stays right there beside of him.
The family has since managed to “get their power back on, but still don’t have running water due to the damages in the surrounding area. County officials in the area have started a cleanup process to clear the trees and other debris from roads and the other affected areas. FEMA has also set up a disaster assistance center for storm victims to receive help.
The McKenzies and their dog are just happy to still be part of it and are just trying to get used to things and feel normal once again.