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Upon climbing out we heard alarming sounds of gas lines hissing and electric lines popping. Gradually we spotted neighbors, hugged in relief and feared the fate of others. The sights were surreal—imagine London during an air raid. Tornado


When I was in 8th grade, and my sister Valerie was a junior at Ballard High School. We arrived home an hour prior to the 1974 tornado hitting our home.

That evening our family returned to the obliterated home site and we started retrieving valuables and beginning the process of getting back up after getting knocked down. Later that night, we regrouped in a neighbor's home and while we were fed sandwiches we could hear our dad on the Milton Metz WHAS call-in show. Instead of telling what was lost, he told the radio audience that at Kentucky Towers, he managed apartments and that any vacancy was available free of charge to those who were suffering.

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