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Riverside Village residents still recovering after July storm

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It’s been more than a month since a storm destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside Village RV Park, but little has changed in the long clean up process. It’s been more than a month since a storm destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside Village RV Park, but little has changed in the long clean up process.
CHATTAROY, Wash. -

It's been more than a month since a storm destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside Village RV Park, but little has changed in the long clean up process.

Many have moved away, or are living in temporary housing, awaiting a rebuilding process that must begin soon if they want a roof over their heads once winter hits.

On Wednesday, KHQ's Gabe Cohen met a woman who says she barely survived the storm after a fallen tree brought her roof down on her head.

“It's been like hell on earth,” Jane Phillips said. “We lost everything… Everytime the wind blows I get scared.”

Phillips has been living in one of the park's rental RVs for free, but after more than 30 years in Riverside she says her new home just isn't the same.

“To tell you the truth, I'm getting to feel I'm losing my mind,” Phillips said. “It's so depressing, I can't get away from it.”

That's the feeling so many residents have as they wake every day to the damage still left from July's storm. But while the trend has been residents moving out, David Holm moved his family into the park just after the storm.

“It's kind of a blessing,” Holm said. “It was the right place at the right-wrong time.”

Holm has been out everyday with a small group of residents clearing debris and preparing Riverside for the winter.

“We're trying to get rid of the eyesore stuff,” Holm said. “Everyone who sees it, it reminds them of the storm.”

But from the looks of things, it may be a long time before the mess is entirely cleared.

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