Crosstown residents talk about F4 tornado four years later

September 2006
September 2006
Mike and Alice Garris survived the tornado after being flipped over in this red car.
Mike and Alice Garris survived the tornado after being flipped over in this red car.
Four years later, many residents have rebuilt.
Four years later, many residents have rebuilt.

By Holly Brantley - email

CROSSTOWN, MO (KFVS) - On September 22, 2006 the face of Crosstown changed forever.

An F4 tornado ripped through the community, damaging homes and churches. More than 60 homes stood there, most were destroyed.

Today the town has rebuilt. What's interesting, for such a small community, many people decided to stay when they could have easily picked up and moved to Perryville or another nearby community.

"I think it's the heritage," said Alice Garris.

"Many of these families have been here for years," said Mike Garris.

Three churches still stand in Crosstown. "There's a lot of faith here," said Alice. "We get a little scared when the clouds roll in but we'd never leave.

People like Sally Detjen commemorated what the town went through with a book and a video.

"Lots of people left but even now many people are coming back," said Detjen.

"People feel connected to this place," said Alice. "Our family has been here for decades upon decades."

No one was killed in the tornado. At the time the national weather service called it one of the strongest September tornadoes on record.

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