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Despite difficulties after tornado, Correctionville, IA family is excited about Christmas

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Brian and Sheryl Ashley talk about their Christmas plans. Brian and Sheryl Ashley talk about their Christmas plans.
This feed yard used to house 1,000 cattle. This feed yard used to house 1,000 cattle.
It's been almost three months since an EF-4 tornado ripped through several parts of Siouxland, leaving destruction in its path.

The recovery efforts haven't been as smooth as one family could have hoped for. 

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody," Brian Ashley, of Correctionville, IA, said. 

"Nothing's the same. It's not the same for the children. It's not the same for the adults," Sheryl Ashley, of Correctionville, IA said.

After the tornado ripped through more than 2,500 acres of their family farm in early October, the Ashleys were out in the fields assessing the damage.

Brian Ashley said, since then, the recovery efforts haven't been easy out in the fields. 

 "Everything we've done has been one mile an hour, and then you ruin parts on the combine. And, it's just been a horrid fall," Brian said.

Broken equipment still litters their land and Brian said they have 10 acres of corn left  they need to try and get up. Dealing with damaged crops isn't the only issue they've faced. One-thousand cattle used to be in their feed yard, but now they are spread out between several lots. 

"When they go through a storm like that, I don't know how any of them survived," Brian said.

The family said they lost 25 cattle and that's not where the destruction ended. Their home also took a hit. 

"The old door came in and went across the room and fell in to pieces, and this big window went across the room and went in to pieces, and then it went out the south window," Sheryl said. 

Sheryl said she still finds pieces of glass in the carpet and she's holding off on unpacking boxes until they replace it.

"I have to keep all these boxes packed up so I don't have to pack them up again," Sheryl said.

But, despite all Sheryl and Brian have gone through these past few months, Sheryl, who is a pastor, reminds people the holidays will go on. 

"I wrote a piece called 'you can't stop Christmas' and you can't stop Christmas," Sheryl said.
 
Sheryl said she's adjusted a few of the holiday decorations.  "We have a small tree instead of a large tree," Sheryl said. 

But, once again, she reminded us all "You just can't stop Christmas!" 

The Ashleys said they are spending Christmas with their family. 

They plan to continue their farming business on their property, but will most likely re-build their feed yard somewhere else.  
    


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