Tornado Survivor On Coping: 'It's Just Life, You Have To Go On'

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There are now nine federal disaster recovery centers in Massachusetts' tornado-ravaged communities since the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened three new ones this week, including one in Monson.

It was in Monson that we first met Pia Rogers, whose house was "pulverized into splinters," as she puts it.

Now Pia, her husband, and their two children are living about 20 minutes away from where their home once stood. Until they can rebuild in Monson, they're staying above the coffee shop Pia runs in Sturbridge.

We caught up with her in the cafe this week to find out how they’re all coping.

This program aired on June 24, 2011.

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