Portland family’s new home a clear sign of recovery one year later

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jun 22, 2016

PORTLAND, Mich. – One year later, and the signs of a healing Portland community are all around.

Just take Michelle and Chris Turner. One year ago today, their home suffered severe structural damage at the hands of an EF-1 tornado to the extent that several contractors and an insurance agent told them it was unsafe to live there.

Early contractor bids for the repair or rebuild sat between $150,000 and $175,000, but their insurance company came back with a $56,000 estimate – not even enough to cover half of the rebuilding cost.

The FOX 17 Problem Solvers got involved, and days later, the Turners had enough to rebuild their home from the ground up.

In just a few weeks, the Turners will move into their new home, representing the end of a chapter in the recovery of a community.

“Once this is done, Green Street will have some closure,” said Michelle. “This is the last project and it says a lot about what we’ve all been through.”