20 years later, College Station remembers the four lives lost in major tornado

College Station tornado, 20 years later

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The major tornado that hit College Station March 1st, 1997 claimed the lives of four people.

Chandra Neyland’s mother was one of those who lost their life, “it seemed like everything went up and it happened in a matter of five seconds.”

Devastation she said she remembers all too well, “me and my mother were under our trailer that we stayed in, my cousin Jerry was in a tree, and my cousin Gilessa well the storm had carried her all the way up the street. My whole right side of my body was crushed and my femur bone. I had to learn how to walk again because my left leg was broken too.”

Now twenty years later, March 1st, 2017, the community of College Station came together to remember the anniversary of the day that destroyed their town, “we will sing, we will pray, and we will plant trees in the remembrance of the four people that lost their lives.”

They celebrated how far they've come, a path to the rebuilding of structures and lives, “this community has a great deal of resilience and by the Grace of God we made a comeback.”

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