Nov 15, 2013 7:35 PM by Matt Prichard

'Mountain Shadows' rises from the ashes

For those that call 'Mountain Shadows' home the past year and a half hasn't been easy.

"It's really hard to process this big of an event, when it's so much of a shock," said Carla Albers, who lost her home during the blaze.

The fire devastated the community, burning down hundreds of homes and leaving it in ruin. So the question became, would Mountain Shadows rise up, or stay grounded in the remains.

"To see the amount of physical restoration, I don't think any of us would have guessed we'd be halfway to this point," said President of the Mountain Shadows Community Association, Eddie Hurt.

70-percent of homes that burned to the ground that summer, are standing once more. And along with the physical change comes a drastic difference in this community.

"We would get together periodically after the fire, for potluck dinners, and because of this we've become even closer neighbors," said Albers. 

"People know their neighbors, and not just in a casual way. Everyone knows each other, and people look out for one another. Ultimately I think we appreciate what we have here, more than, then we did before the fire," said Hurt.

Eddie and Carla both say that things are beginning to get back to normal, but their community is certainly stronger.



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