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No help for Harrisburg family after losing home in tornado

For nearly seven months now the Abell family has been struggling to hold onto hope that one day they'll have a new home. For nearly seven months now the Abell family has been struggling to hold onto hope that one day they'll have a new home.
"My mobile home exploded," said Kim Abell. "And I was thrown through a couple walls and buried in my yard under debris for about 30 minutes. Until my neighbor came over and found me." "My mobile home exploded," said Kim Abell. "And I was thrown through a couple walls and buried in my yard under debris for about 30 minutes. Until my neighbor came over and found me."

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - Members of the Abell family are wondering if they'll ever get any help for a new home, after theirs was destroyed in the February 29 tornado.

For nearly seven months now the Abell family has been struggling to hold onto hope that one day they'll have a new home.

The family's mobile home was just one of the hundreds destroyed or damaged when the F-4 tornado tore through town early that February morning.

"I was home by myself. And I got up out of bed and made it to the couch," said Kim Abell. "And that's the last thing I remember. My mobile home exploded. And I was thrown through a couple walls and buried in my yard under debris for about 30 minutes. Until my neighbor came over and found me."

The family didn't have any insurance on their home. But they did have a Contract for Deed with an agreement to buy the home from The Beckham's.

And just a few days after the storm hit, the Abell's paid of the home in full.

"It took mu husband sometime to get up to the courthouse and file everything legally," said Abell. "But that's what they're throwing against me. Is that it doesn't matter that you're buying it contract for deed. It wasn't yours the day the of the tornado."

Now some of the Abell's neighbors are wondering why their's no help for the family.

"The city's supposed to have tons of money to replace things like this," said Robert Chambers. "Where's it all going, I don't know. But she can't get any help, she's not got any help. And don't look like she's going to get any help."

"I don't understand why some people out here can get money. And get their things all fixed up. And some people can't get nothing like Kim and her family across the street."

According to the administrator of the $2.4 million state grant awarded to Harrisburg for storm relief, the state decided that the Abell family's application didn't meet the guidelines for any funds.

Now the family is hoping that the First Baptist Church can help them get a new home.

"I have talked to the pastor, and he's going to see what they can do," Kim said.

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