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Rebuilding continues in Ringgold 2 years after tornadoes

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RINGGOLD, Ga. -

It's been two years since a north Georgia community was devastated by tornadoes that took the lives of eight people, but the city of Ringgold is making a comeback.

Maurice Robert, 75, lives on Cherokee Valley Road, which is called "Tornado Alley" today because six of the eight people who died lived there.

"All I could hear was that roar - that thing moving so fast. And I went in the house, walked across the living room, got in the bathroom, shut the door – bingo! Just like that it was past me," said Maurice Robert.

Robert lost everything to the twisters, but he was able to rebuild a new home.

"God is good. He preserved my life and gave me a new home," Robert said.

Catoosa County Emergency Management Director Steve Quinn says the community has pulled together after the disaster. They now encourage folks to use new technology to monitor severe weather in the event of another deadly storm.

"We're trying to get the word out as far as some free outlets that are available. Either on smartphones or the use of NOAA weather radios. We try to recommend that everybody has at least one in their home, and even in their place of business," Quinn said.

Steel posts are all that's left of a gas station that once operated on State Road 151. But two years later, businesses are still re-opening and breathing new life into Ringgold.

The return of a Krystal restaurant means  more than just another place to get a bite to eat; to Don Hacker, it's brings new hope to his adopted home.

"It's more life. It's more of a second chance at life, you know," Hacker said.

The emergency management director says Ringgold residents have gotten the message and are much more vigilant during severe weather. One store even sold more than 1,000 NOAA weather radios in just one day.

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