Sayers’ Adjusting To New Life Two Weeks After Explosion

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A Morgan County woman whose house burned down after a gas pipeline explosion in mid-November says the holidays are going to be hard for her this year. 

Cathy Sayers says nearly every year they lived in the house at 9500 Taylor Road, the whole family would gather to celebrate together.  This Thanksgiving, without a home to host people in, she, her husband, John, and their family went to her sister's house for Thanksgiving. That's where they'll go for Christmas as well.  "It's all gone. It'll be hard to get through this year, but it'll be better next year," says Sayers.

To keep herself busy, Sayers volunteered to wrap a hundred gifts her church is donating to children at a parade in Glouster this Saturday. Her own gifts went up with the house. That includes more than a thousand dollars in jewelry her husband had bought her. She says the Longaberger company has offered to replace the baskets she'd bought as gifts.
For now, she's living at her son's house. Sayers salvaged two shirts from her house, and she's been wearing each one every other day. "Hopefully we can rebuild back out there and get back to being normal, I guess. It'll probably take a year, but we can do it," said Sayers.

She says while there's been no official explanation for what happened, she has a theory. She believes the earth shifted. "I think the ground slipped from the hill behind it," Sayers says, "and then the earthquake that we had last summer probably shook it up some… I just noticed the different slips in the ground when I'd walk up there with the dogs, but it didn't dawn on me that the pipeline'd slip too, and I think it did."

The Sayers are meeting with a representative of the gas company that owned the pipeline this afternoon.
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