The severe storms are out of our area, but families in Crawford, Ala. are trying to find a way to clean up after Tuesday's storm. The national weather service classified the tornado in Lee County as an EF-3 with winds reaching 140 mph.
Entire households of items are strewn across fields, buried under rubble and exposed to the elements. The people who lived in Baker and Hall trailer park were basically left with nothing. They spent all day sorting through the mess that used to be their homes.
"It's not a problem because we've got family and we're going to clean it up. It will be a slow process, but we're going to get it clean," says one resident.
"We're going to start moving the debris and we're going to rebuild," says another.
Lillian Baker's house is the only frame structure on the lot, and it wasn't spared either. She was hiding in the basement when the tornado hit.
"The debris was falling from the walls and glass from the windows. Stuff was falling from the kitchen down the stairs. Actually, I was afraid to get up. I didn't know what to think, because when I looked up, we were looking at the sky. Everything was gone," says Baker.
Namaya Johnson hadn't seen her cat Pee Wee since the roof was ripped off her trailer.
"I raised him every since he was this big," she says.
Worse than knowing her home was damaged was the thought that her cat may have been killed or ran away. But today, she got some of the first good news she's received in days. Pee Wee was hiding in the crushed trailer the entire time.
"I was happy, and I just found him about ten minutes ago. He just popped out of my mom's room."
Melody Bishop and April Herring are some of the many volunteers who are trying to help out. They and other employees of Primary Residential Mortgage are pooling their resources to donate items to those affected.
According to the volunteers, "Everybody's out there roaming around asking people what they need, but they mainly need packaged socks, T-shirts, Ziplock bags… we bought toiletries, shaving cream, they need all the necessities for everyday."
If you would like to help the storm victims, you can donate to the Crawford Community Catastrophe Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.
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