CHICKASAW COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- State Representative Preston Sullivan's world changed in just a matter of minutes April 27, 2011.
He had just minutes to get the family inside before a tornado touched down.
"We knew when the roof left, all the windows blew out, doors blew off and the Good Lord was just with us."
Their lives would be spared. Three people in the county would die. Tornadoes left behind $2,000,000 in damages to homes and businesses.
"I saw when it took the roof off my house. It went up in the air. I saw a tornado come toward me. You've never seen death. That day I saw death coming my way," Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors President Anderson McFarland said.
More than two years later, a major milestone in the recovery effort comes in the form of a check.
Chickasaw County officials have close to a $70,000 check sent from the state of Mississippi.
It will cover the state's share of grant money the county received for a FEMA Public Assistance Grant. All money spent by the county for cleanup has now been reimbursed.
"It's been a tough go for a lot of us, but this kind of closure and especially the funds that we received to help everybody is welcome news," Representative Sullivan added.
The funds help, but satisfaction with a job well done rises above. Chickasaw County officials say there were able to save thousands of dollars by using their own labor for cleanup.
They also say volunteer help played a significant role as did assistance from surrounding counties.