Lawrence County residents are trying to sort through all of the damage from yesterday’s storms. Springville was one of the areas hit the hardest.
A tornado that touched down there sent debris traveling as far as half a mile.
Many residents are still without power and their property damage ranges from downed trees and power lines to destroyed homes. Officials say the storm created a gas leak that caused the temporary evacuation of 90 – 100 homes.
David Fowler has lived at his home in Springville for 20 years. His home was hardly touched but his shed – only feet away from the garage door – was destroyed. Inside were antiques and items he sells at the local flea market to help compensate his income. He says the damage will likely put him out of business.
Fowler says he’s considering moving after he cleans up and repairs his property.
“I’m thinking that I may want to relocate,” Fowler says. “I didn’t feel that way before the storm, but I feel that way now. Maybe it’s just I’m in shock – I don’t know.”
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department setup a command post at Springville Elementary School. Stationed in the gymnasium is the American Red Cross, which is providing resources to those affected by the storm.
Teena Ligman is a volunteer for the Red Cross. She says they did not see any injuries resulting from the storm, but they’ve had 16 people visit the command post.
“The people who actually came it was last night was because of the gas leak,” Ligman says. “They made them all evacuate … some of those were from the tornado and they didn’t have power or whatever so they came in here for that.”
Ligman says they have two teams in the field assessing the damage. They will continue to provide additional help and resources in the coming weeks to those in need.