Moscow family still waiting to rebuild after tornado

MOSCOW, OH (FOX19) - Four months after deadly tornadoes hit the Tri-state, families are still trying to decide whether to rebuild in the small town of Moscow.

Even though months have passed, blue tarps still dot the village as families wait to hear from insurance, consider their options, and decide how to move forward.

Neighbors say the dock down by the river would be buzzing with activity on a typical summer day. They say after the tornado has, in many ways, hushed the sounds of summer in the quiet riverside town.

"I miss going out, jumping the river, my dog swimming with me," Alyson Bauer said.

Only a piece of Alyson Bauer's house is stills standing four months after the tornado.

While Bauer's parents have considered rebuilding, many of the families in town were renting and are now gone for good.

"A lot of children have left the village and so our daughter doesn't have the same amount of playmates anymore if we do rebuild," Rick Bauer explained. "[There's] a lot of decisions to make and you just kind of freeze."

"I wish it just would have never happened. It's sad," Alyson said.

Alyson and her parents are now staying with her brother in Blue Ash.

"It's hard," eleven-year-old Alyson admitted. "I want my own house and my own yard to play in."

"We must have brought him up right because he's been extremely good to us, but we want our own place," Rick said.

The Bauers just found out the part of the house still standing may not be sturdy enough to be spared.

"That's tough," Rick's wife Linda said. "We were hoping so save part and that's not going to happen … doesn't look like that's going to happen."

Rick and Linda say their home is around 200 years old. It is now a part of the historic inventory, but if it all has to come down they will have to rebuild under modern codes which means elevating any new structure.

"Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but it was an expensive thing," Rick said.

Now the question is whether it is worth it to rebuild in Moscow.

"You get so tired that you're just thinking 'let's push it over and go someplace else'," Rick said.

"That was my forever home," Linda said.

The Bauer family is finding it hard to put the thought of living in a modern day Mayberry in the past.

"You could sit on your front porch, people would walk by ten feet from you and stop and chat and that's extremely hard to find in another setting," Rick said. "It's going to take a while for the town to come back to where it's that way again."

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