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Lancaster tornado victim still without a home

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It's been almost a year since a tornado ripped through the city of Lancaster damaging thousands of homes. And at least one elderly woman still can't get back into her house.

A tornado tore Beatrice Stevenson's home apart in April of last year. She rode it out in her closet.

"You could hear the wind and it was like shifting gears. It was getting stronger, stronger, stronger. You heard all kinds of things beating the house up. It was just terrible. When the roof came off I was raised off the stool and I was asking the Lord to help me. Save me Lord, save me. Because I knew I was going out," she said.

But she almost doesn't know which was worse – the tornado or the aftermath dealing with the insurance company and unreliable workers. Even after 10 months her home is still uninhabitable because of mold and structural issues.

"Just problem, problem, problem. I'm not happy with any of it," Stevenson said. "The city will not allow me to live in here. It's not livable."

She said shoddy repair work has left her sleepless and stressed out.

"I've been to the doctor. I've been rushed to the hospital," she said.

Making it even harder, Stevenson said her insurance company has paid for her to live in a rent house, but now the money is running out.

So at the end of the month the 77-year-old widow is not sure where she'll go. She won't be able to afford her $2,000 rent alone and doesn't know if family members can take her in.

"It's been horrible," she said.

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