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Hope Lives On
The Washington Historical Society is putting together a book all about the Nov. 17 tornadoes, and they need residents to help write it.
The project, entitled "Hope Lives On," is essentially going to be a scrapbook of what happened on the day Washington will never forget.
"We want people, generations from now, to always know that Washington stood strong even in the face of an EF-4 tornado," said Historical Society spokesperson Elyse Nicholson.
The project started on Monday. Since then, only a few people have shared their stories.
"Some people are ready to tell their stories, but several feel it's too fresh, they're too emotional," said Nicholson.
That being said, there is no strict deadline. The Historical Society will be collecting stories throughout the next several months, with the goal of putting them together in a book for the one year anniversary of the twister.
The experiences shared so far have varied widely, from tales of survival to stories of residents' first times seeing the damage.
"A couple in their 80s saw the tornado coming and couldn't get to the basement. The wife grabbed the refrigerator, the husband grabbed her. The whole house was destroyed, and there they were, holding the fridge," Nicholson said. "Then there was one lady who talked about finding a brick and wondering, 'whose is this? Where did it come from?' Her story counts, too."
People can share their stories by dropping them off at either the Sunnyland or Five Points branch of the Washington Library.