Pike County Tornadoes: Three Months Later

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By Brittany Bivins

It's been just over three months since tornadoes swept across Alabama on Christmas Day, damaging or destroying dozens of Pike County homes

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Volunteer recovery organizations like Pike County's Unmet Needs Committee have been working to help tornado victims, but they've met challenges.

Every time makes me relive it. Even when I talk to you, you know, it just makes me relive the whole event," said Dee Brundidge, who lives in Goshen and lost his home in the tornado.

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However, you can see some progress around town. Volunteers from the United Methodist Church in Brundidge have spent three months making repairs on a home in Brantley Mobile Home Park. One of their members lived there. "I'm 75 years old and it's just a privilege that I can do this, that I can help somebody out, who's trying to help themselves," said Homer Homann.

In nearby Goshen, which also saw serious damage, Mayor Jack Waller says what the people need most now is the time to rebuild. "it's going to take time to be back to where the families were, but eventually, we can see that we're headed in the right direction," said Waller.

Dee Brundidge is living with family members while he tries to find permanent housing for his wife and children. The Goshen community recently held a color run to help raise money for the Brundidge Family to buy a new home, but they still haven't reached that goal. Still, Brundidge says, he's been touched by the community's support and love. "Honestly, I do think we'll be able to recover, and I think we'll have a great recovery," said Brundidge.

The Unmet Needs Committee is still working to help tornado victims. If you are a storm victim who needs help, or if you want to find out how you can make a donation, you can contact the Unmet Needs Committee in Pike County at (334) 735-3898.

It's been kind of slow because most of them were in mobile homes, and it's been kind of a challenge to try and find mobile homes to buy back into because we don't have enough money to go out into the market and buy them mobile homes," said Lawrence Bowden, who heads the Unmet Needs Committee.

More than fifty-two homes were damaged or destroyed in Pike County by the storms. Today, you can still see a reminder of the EF-2 tornado at Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy, which was hit hard by the storm.





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