“We felt the trailer pick up and fly over into our pickup truck,” says Kassidy Presley, who is still trying to process everything just days after a destructive tornado tore through her new hometown.
Pictures of storm damage and rubble from her home are among the few things Presley has left.
“I went to get Kayson and it wasn’t even five minutes after I put Kayson in our bed that we started flying around,” says Presley, referring to one of her twin boys.
The tornado that blew through Watford City in the early morning hours Tuesday destroyed Presley’s travel trailer. Presley, whose husband had been in Watford City for the past two months for work, had just moved here from Texas. She and her twin boys, Kayson and Kage, had been in town only two days.
“Set up camp and my husband went to work Monday morning. I was cleaning the trailer. Got my house clean. Smelling good and then we lost everything Tuesday.”
Presley and her boys went to the city civic center, which has been serving as a temporary shelter and relief center, to get basic supplies like clothes, shoes, and toiletries.
“Just got to restart and it’s the saddest thing because my kids don’t really understand,” says Presley.
She and her husband are now working to get much needed resources like daycare, as they try to put the pieces of their life back together.
“”This community takes care of their own, whether you’re from Texas or wherever you’re working from. They come together and if there’s a need, we’ll find a way to provide,” says Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County emergency management director.
Despite all she’s lost and all the damage that has been done, Presley still uses the word blessed to describe herself.
“They don’t look at us like we came from a different state. They’ve opened their arms to us as being here our whole lives, so we’re just truly blessed,” says Presley.
Blessed that though her physical home may be in ruins, she’s felt at home in a community that’s welcomed her.
McKenzie County Emergency Management say there is still a need for volunteers at the shelter.
They are also looking for more housing options to help displaced families.