LYONS – They all lived through one of the worst disasters ever to hit their town. They knew people who were killed or injured. Homes were destroyed, there was no power or water, roads were wiped out.
They could not go to school. 20 students from Lyons high school were challenged by their photography teacher to take pictures as a way to cope with the devastation and contribute to the rebuilding efforts. The result is a new book "Our Town, Our Story: The Lyons Flood of 2013".
The first 200 books sold right away, with the proceeds going to rebuild community trails. The teacher, Stephanie Busby, said she felt the kids needed to document what they went through. The photographs are striking.
One student shot the sun coming up over the damage. Another used pictures to tell the story of a close friend who lost her childhood home. One student took close-ups that reveal detail: a tattered American flag, the muddied page of a bible. The students all agree the project was good therapy to get them through some pretty tough times.
Busby told us the books have been well received in the community and she hopes to have more printed soon.