Dyer county resident Maria Torres' says, "I found some Elvis!! I was a great collector of Elvis."
Like so much of her life, Maria Torres' Elvis collection is gone.
Somewhere on a hill with her clothing, her furniture and her jewelry. Her late grandmother's ring - a tiny keepsake - is missing.
Torres continues, "I had a little velvet box and inside was a velvet pouch and I had it in there and it was inside one of my dresser drawers. I had it there. My dresser drawer is all over that place somewhere... so..."
Her story is - in so many ways - like so many others.
But a pole makes this story different.
A pole is the only part of her house that is still standing. And this pole is the reason - she says - that she and her husband are still alive.
Torres continues, "I was crying. I was crying and praying and yelling at my husband to hold on cause I could feel him sliding. And I just yelled at him and he say he don't know where he got the strength to hold the pole."
Maria Torres and her husband held onto this pole while a tornado tore their house away. Her neighbors - in this badly hit valley - are still in the hospital. Some didn't make it.
Torres hurt her arm when one wall of the house blew past her. But - she says - this pole kept her and her husband...grounded.