HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - The Henryville tornadoes a year ago and the huge tornado on Monday in Moore, Okla. in both cases forced children trapped inside schools when the twisters came roaring through.
For the people in Henryville, watching the video and hearing the news from Oklahoma really hit home.
Henryville residents say horrifying feelings from 2012 came rushing back.
Dr. Glenn Riggs, principal at Henryville Elementary, says the community has come a long way and says the school is rebuilt. She says images of Mondays tornado has everyone in the small town re-living the worst day of their lives.
"I can hear my father, who is 93 years old, talk about World War II as if it were yesterday. I think it's that kind of feeling each of us has every time there is a clap of thunder or a dark cloud - you have this significant recall," Riggs said.
Riggs added "It was almost an endless explosion – rattling, tearing, shredding, - and of course the roof and all the walls were torn off all around us. Your ears and your skin and all of that - the pressure was unbelievable."
Most students in Henryville were sent home before the tornado touched down. Everyone still at the school survived.
Riggs can only offer one piece of advice to the people of Oklahoma - "Time is the essence be prayerful you have to stand your ground and things will get better."
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