Lovilia Couple Starting Over after Tornado

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LOVILIA, Iowa -- A Monroe County couple walked away from their home with little more than the clothes on their back after an EF 3 tornado ripped their home from its foundation on June 22.

“The wind come along 'bout took me for a ride here,” said Cecil Showers.

At 71-years-old, he's now starting over.

“Oh yeah, it changes your life. 100 percent,” he said.

The tornado put his wife's, plans to retire on hold. His full-time job is trying to sort out their insurance, calling adjusters and meeting with contractors.

“After a while you begin to talk to yourself. If you ever have it happen to you, you'll see what I'm talking about. You never want it to happen to you, I guarantee you that,” said Showers.

Rebuilding their home in rural Lovilia will cost three times more than when they first built 40 years ago.

Family friends are stepping in to help the couple cover the expenses that keep piling up. Angela Coe says even strangers have come forward to lend a hand at an upcoming benefit at the Eagles Club in Albia.

“Hopefully, it will help make a little impact on getting them back on their feet and getting a home again,” explained Coe.

The venue, food, and entertainment are all being donated so all the money raised will go to the Showers. Coe says the event is more than just a fundraiser.

“People care. You know, that they're not in this by themselves,” she said.

The Showers hope construction begins on their home in August.

If you’d like to help or want more details about the dinner and auction, click here for their Facebook page.