“You don’t know how to handle it until you’re put in that situation,” Mosley said. “You just try to take it one day, one week, one month at a time. As those days and weeks and months pass, every one feels like an accomplish to get through while we’re getting out from underneath our situation.”
Horn, too, was forced to move on. She left her dream home with its white picket fence and backyard pond and bought a house a few miles away to be closer to her grandchildren, living with her son and daughter-in-law for six weeks while she waited to move in.
She still has the property where her house stood, but doubts she’ll ever return.
“Those first few days after it happened, I felt like I was living in my car,” she said. “When I moved in I started with just a mattress, a recliner and a TV with rabbit ears. But I’ve gotten more comfortable, and my grandchildren all live within three blocks of me.”
As shell-shocked as Mosley and Horn were, one thing they never lacked for was support. It came from everywhere. Volunteers from Horn’s church and from across the country were constantly on hand. They helped her save a few precious items from her home, including a pair of tables she owned, one made by her grandmother and another by her son.
News outlets across the world picked up her story, and so did viewers. Horn exchanged several letters with a woman from Scotland who saw her on the BBC.
“Those letters were very encouraging,” she said. “It’s been a process, but I’m thankful for all the help we’ve had. We’re blessed that we were all safe. It’s been a hot summer and it’s going to be a long, hard winter for the employees, but I’m so glad to know there will be another Control Flow.”