Storm Damages Homes, Cars in Alexander City

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By Brittany Bivins

People in Alexander City are cleaning up after yesterday's storms, after the damage hit one neighborhood particularly hard.

Amberly Colon was home with her grandmother and brother when a tree crashed through the upstairs portion of their home, through the kitchen.

"It just went from this rumble to this giant crash. Then the entire house shook," she said.

Her grandmother had been cooking in the kitchen just seconds before, when she'd gone through the hall to answer the phone. She says she's still in shock.

"I turned, looked at it. I saw the tree fall on my kitchen," she said.

The toppling tree badly damaged the side of the house and the roof. Heavy rainfall then caused extensive water damage throughout the structure.

The family is staying in a hotel while repairs begin on the house. They have insurance, but say they're not sure how extensive the damage may be or how long it will take to make the house inhabitable again.

Just down the street, you can see the destructive track of the storm. Several other trees toppled into driveways or roads. One was in the home of Lawrence Allen. Allen was home with his wife and a friend, who heard what sounded like a crash.

"I tried to open the door to come out from the basement and there was a giant limb leaning up against it, I had to move the limb to get out, he came out and said, I'm going to check my car," said Allen.

When they walked outside, they found the friend's car, totaled. A large tree had toppled onto it, smashing through the windshield. Allen says everyone is okay, just a little shaken up.

"You better believe I was. I've never seen anything like it," he said.

Neither has the Colon family.

"There were no warnings or anything. I didn't even know it was raining. It was just sprinkling and then-boom."

Alexander City officials say the damage was mostly limited to that neighborhood. The city had roads and utilities crews on hand through the day, helping homeowners clean up.
 



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