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HGTV show helps Petal couple rebuild


"We kind of saw it as a blessing... as a gift" said Jeff West.

Jeff and Ashlie West's house was destroyed by the tornado earlier this year. That's when Jeff's sister entered them into a lottery for Catastrophe Inc. on HG-TV, a new show about a team of designers and builders helping families in need after natural disasters.

When the couple was selected, that's when HG-TV stepped in.

"Jeff and Ashlie just really stuck out to us. Jeff, he's very involved in the community. He's a youth minister for a local church and Ashlie is also a student, she's going to be a counselor for the youth. We just love them. They're a dynamic, sweet, young couple, newly married and just starting their lives together and we thought it would be really great to come in and help them get back on their feet." Said producer of Catastrophe Inc. Breana Leader.

Construction on the new home started early Friday morning and is expected to be completed Wednesday, a feat that head contractor and friend of the West's Brad Baggett says he couldn't have done it without his crew.

"The people are just amazing. Very supportive and it's just been amazing and it's not me it's my crew and they have been awesome. We've have had a lot of things go our way and we are way ahead of schedule. We have worked around the clock and I've been working on two hours of sleep right now." Said Baggett

The new home will include the usual surfaces, counter tops, and all the trimmings but it will also include a storm shelter in the backyard, able to hold up to 10 people. Details of the home have been kept from the West's since the beginning and has the couple anxious for the reveal.

"We're anxious a little bit. We know that Wednesday is probably going to have a lot of emotions tied in with it that will have a lot of joy. The biggest thing though would be being back in our home and we're excited about that part." Said West.

There has been an outpouring of community involvement in the project. Everyone from the West's Church's youth group to complete strangers just wanting to lend a hand and many say the couple deserves it.

"They are so involved in the community and they have done so much to help other people in Petal and the Hattiesburg area rebuild. I hope this kind of gives them a sense of comfort and security of moving back in their own home and getting their lives started together again" said Leader.

Leader went on to saw that this episode of Castasrophe inc. will air sometime this July. For more information about Catastrophe Inc., click HERE to go to the show's official site.

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