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The long road home is nearly over for Kim Nagle.
Nagle’s Dry Ridge home on Adams Road was destroyed on March 2, 2012 when a tornado wrecked its way across Grant and Kenton counties.
In late October, ground was broken by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati on a new home for Nagle and her three grandchildren, Genevieve, Christopher and Sierrah.
The house, which the family has yet to move into, was dedicated at a celebration April 5.
The family can’t wait to move in.
“I love it,” Nagle said about the home. “I want to go home so bad. It was to the point where I didn’t care if it was just a basement with a ceiling on it. I just want to go home.”
The family has been staying in a nearby trailer provided by Lois Adams since the home was destroyed.
Nagle will re-pay Habitat through a zero percent interest loan payable over 25 years.
The March tornado was the second major storm for Nagle and her family.
While visiting her parents in London, Ky., in June 2011, straight-line winds ripped down trees that blew into the house while they were inside.
“It totaled that,” Nagle said. “So, I brought them up here to stay with me until they could get back on their feet. Then, nine months later, we’re going through it again at my home. Mother Nature’s got a grudge against me for some reason.”
The home, which was rebuilt in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, was made possible through hundreds of volunteers coming together over the past few months.
Nagle spent nearly every Saturday helping with the project.
It consists of a dining room off of the kitchen, a living room, four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a basement with a storm room underneath the porch.
“It’s full cement,” Nagle said about the storm room. “The walls are all cement. It’s a nice sized room where we all will be able to fit in there comfortably in case something does happen.”
Nagle plans on putting shelving in the room to stock canned goods and bottled water, along with a weather radio.
“We’re kind of afraid of storms now,” she said. “We want to be prepared.”
Nagle said her grandchildren are “tickled” about the new home, mainly because they now will each have their own room.
The two girls currently share a room and are looking forward to having some privacy, said Nagle.
However, the best thing about the new home is that it is right where their original home stood, she said.
While the journey has been long and difficult, Nagle is happy that no one was hurt when the tornado ripped through her home.
Her parents were at the house when the grandchildren arrived from school shortly before the storm hit.
“If they weren’t there the day of the storm, I don’t know what would have happened,” Nagle said. “We waited for the kids to get home and as soon as they got home, they all left. It was like seven minutes later that the storm went through the house. If they weren’t there, the kids would have been home alone.”
Through the Habitat experience, Nagle said she met some great people, some of who she still keeps in touch with.
After being dazed and confused from the storm damage, the family will soon get back to living life in their own home.
“We’re starting all over,” Nagle said. “It’s been a long road, but will get there.”