COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A man whose home was destroyed by a tornado several years ago walked through his newly-renovated home on Wednesday.
The tornado ripped through Columbus and Emmitt Ellis’ home in 2019.
Ellis prepares to cut the ribbon celebrating his newly finished home on April 28, 2021.
Since then, builders have worked to restore homes. Two families received keys to their new homes on Wednesday.
Ellis had lived in his home for nearly 50 years before the tornado demolished it.
The 75-year-old sought safety in a closet, and when he emerged, he saw his house in shambles.
The Community Recovery of Lowndes County worked to restore his home.
Community Recovery President Nicole Clinkscales said Ellis did not have to pay for his new home, valued at approximately $80,000.
Community Recovery has helped more than 100 people during the past two years.
“Every time we get to welcome a new homeowner back to their home, it’s a beautiful experience and we’re just glad to be here.”