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Dupree Family Lucky To Be Alive

June 17, 2010, 5:58 PM by Austin Hoffman

Dupree Family Lucky To Be Alive
DUPREE, SD - Judy Stout has lived in Dupree her entire life.  She had never seen a tornado, but that all changed in the blink of eye.

"I can’t even explain it.  You just feel so helpless.  You just can't do nothing," Stout said.

Stout and her husband were at home Wednesday night when the weather moved in.  She jumped at the chance to get outside and capture the moment.

"JT, my husband is always saying I never take pictures, so I was outside taking pictures and he was hollering," Stout said.

But it didn't take long for Stout and her husband to realize they needed to find shelter and fast.

"I could see three of them coming so then we could hear this howling and my husband said, 'It's time to get to the basement,'" Stout said.

And when the couple emerged from safety, she knew it was bad.

"I came back upstairs, part of the living room roof was gone.  The bedroom roof was gone and the sliding glass door was laying in the living room," Stout said.

Everything happened so fast, she didn't have time to be scared.  She says she just asked for help from up above.

"I was not afraid; I was praying a lot.  I know God was watching over me," Stout said.

The destruction is bad, but Stout says it's still hard to comprehend what happened.

"I don't think it's set in yet.  You don't have a home," Stout said. 

Even though Stout and her husband came face to face with the fury of Mother Nature, she says this is home and that's not going to change.

"We’ll see what happens day to day.  I don't know.  I don't want to leave, lived here all my life; it’s my home,” Stout said.

The Stouts have neighbors about 150 yards to the west of their property whose house wasn't touched. 

Stout  says it was one experience she hopes she never has to go through again.

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