Family's Home Destroyed by Strong Winds

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Communities are in clean-up mode across our region.

One hard-hit area was Mingo County.

Sometimes in life all you can do is clean up the pieces.

"It's unbelievable how the weather can, just all at once, pick up your whole life and shake it in its hands and then throw it back down," Brett Waller said.

Strong gusts of wind shook Waller's trailer from its foundation, splitting the walls and floor into pieces.

A day's worth of cleaning hasn't made a dent. And Waller's experience as a volunteer firefighter, dealing with traumatic situations, isn't making things any easier.

All seven people inside clung tight to anything they could.

The room belonging to Waller's daughter Nevaeh had a dresser and television slammed onto her bed. It's weight that likely would have caused serious injury, had she been there.

"I think the Lord just told me to wake up," Nevaeh said.

Amazingly, just minutes before, Nevaeh moved into the family room.

She only has one scratch on her nose from a falling board, proving while this is no walk in the park, the family considers themselves lucky.

"This stuff here can be replaced," Waller said. "Every bit of it can, but your children and stuff can't."

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