This family lost a bedroom in the storms, but they could have lost a daughter

Published: Jun. 21, 2019 at 9:47 PM EDT
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Friday, June 21, 2019

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Looking at what's left of their daughter's room is painful for Kenneth and Pat Alabaugh.

"I built the room by myself," Kenneth Alabaugh said. "All of it."

But the room means nothing if it means their daughter is alive.

"We opened Krystal's door and her room was gone," Pat Alabaugh said. "Everything she had was on the ground."

"It's a disaster. Total disaster," Kenneth said. "But the room can be replaced, the daughter can't."

Thursday night when the storms hit, a massive tree came crashing down. It collapsed right on the house and knocked out the entire bedroom.

The Alabaugh's weren't in the bedroom, but they were just feet away at the front of the house.

"I don't think that was just by chance," Pat said. "I think that was a God thing. I think he had her in the other side of the house on the front side of the house for a reason and even our puppy was on the front side of the house."

The office is ruined. The closet is collapsing in. The bed is under the house, under the tree.

"She would've been in that," Pat said. "She would've been in that bed. That tree would've went down on her. But it didn't. I just thank the Lord for that."

There's a lot to clean up and a lot to rebuild

"We'll get through to that tree and we'll clean that and all this mess will be cleaned up on day. But you know what, I still have my baby girl and that's all that's important."

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