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HGTV Show Rebuilds Home of Tornado Family

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PETAL, Miss. - It's been almost two months since the E-4 tornado ripped through the Pine Belt and many are still recovering, but one Petal family is getting big help from the HGTV network show, Catastrophe Inc.

Jeff and Ashlie West said their house was deemed a complete lost.  The show plans to rebuild a new home in just five days.

"We were just kind of overwhelmed by how much was destroyed," said Jeff West, youth minister of Asbury United Methodist Church in Petal. He and his wife, Ashlie, were at the church when the tornado hit that Sunday afternoon.
"We got word that it hit our neighborhood," Jeff said.

"Even when I heard the tornado hit our neighborhood my immediate thought was that it wasn't my house," said Ashlie.

When the two found out that it was their house, it turned their world upside down.

"It feels like you've been hit in the gut," he said.

Ashley said, "I was like an empty shell walking around for a couple of days."

However, they have hundreds of people to thank starting with the TV crew.

"We arrived on Thursday, April 4, and we started working around 6 p.m. that evening and its been around the clock working 24/7 since then," said Breana Leader, producer of Catastrophe Inc.

She said about  thirty local contractors have pitched in to get this house built in just five days.

"This has been one of the nicest smoothest and best experiences we've had on the show," Leader said.

The general contractor, Brad Braggett of Brad Bragget Homes,  goes to church with Ashlie and Jeff.
"I can't think of a better couple in the world that deserves this," he said.

The West family is not allowed to see the work until it's all finished.

"This is the biggest blessing of our lives," Ashlie said.

"We can't pay everyone back that has helped us," said Jeff.

They both will get the chance to see the final product of their home on Wednesday.

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