Wheatland reacts to Oklahoma tornado

CREATED May. 21, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 21, 2013

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WHEATLAND - Most people would drive through the town of Wheatland in Kenosha County and see the American Dream. But in January of 2008, it was a nightmare when a tornado ripped through the area.

“This home right here, the whole top story was completely gone,” says Patti Clements.

Patti Clements was at work when the tornado hit. Her husband Scott was home with the kids.

"The alarm went off, for sure on the TV, and it was like we had five minutes to prepare,” says Scott.

Scott Clements and the kids ran into the basement and were spared. The family says watching the aftermath in Oklahoma brings back memories of that day.

"You are just so helpless and you are at the mercy of mother nature,” says Patti.

The images of school children reuniting with their parents hits close to home for Patti who is principal at the Wheatland Center School.

"You just need to reassure them that they're safe and we're doing the best we can to keep them safe,” she says.

The Clements say that’s a tough job when even adults have difficulty making sense of how to move on.