~ Unless you live here in Alabama many are not aware that there is even still too much cleanup of debris. Also that insurance companies still have yet to settle claims & write folks their checks. Many Alabamians still after SIX MONTHS, see their lives on hold. ~ JP
“Mind on Tuscaloosa” helps Alabama, country cope with tornadoes
“There’s days that I get up and I don’t want to go through the day,” Ashley Mims said. “I mean, I don’t want to go on without her.”
A piece of Ashley Mims’ heart has been missing since Wednesday, April 27th. Three days earlier on Easter Sunday she remembers saying goodbye to her daughter, 21-year-old Loryn Brown.
“I can still sometimes feel that hug that I got that last day,” she said. “I can still feel her arms wrapped around me and how hard she squeezed.”
It was the last time they saw each other.
HACKLEBURG, AL .
The small Marion County town of Hackleburg took a direct hit from an EF-5 April 27th. The deadly tornado killed 18 residents, and the town’s biggest business was destroyed. ABC 33/40 spoke with city leaders and residents who said the tornado-torn town is slowly coming back to rebuild and reshape its future.
“It’s just hard coming back losing what you had,” said tornado survivor Myrtie Mae Williams. “You’ll never get it back.”
Hackleburg progressing to rebuild and reshape its future
~ Jason Simpson was in Pratt City today. Which is where we took photos firsthand JUST days after they were hit by an F5. This area still shows many signs of the damage. SO many homes not even demolished or rebuilt. We have seen it several times and there has been little progress in this economically stressed area.
~ I now hate when wind & thunder begin.
~ Stories of Hope ~ Pleasant Grove is starting to come back…Many lives lost…
Although JUST a few major tornadoes, towns are featured in this post, I will continue to post about other’s as they come through today.
I leave you with one F5 experienced in Cullman County. Here is a story about survival & restoration:
Although we were affected by tornadoes all around us, JUST Piper was one of the most comprehensive sites for videos and reports on our April 27th Tornadoes. JUST put anything in relation to the tornadoes or area in our site search engine if you want to see JUST what Alabamians lived through. ~JP
ALSO See My Report: ~ 64 HOURS