Cleanup Work Begins in Athens Community

By  | March 3, 2012 | Filed under: News

ATHENS – In the wake of tornadoes in Limestone county, dozens of volunteers, neighbors, insurance adjusters and contractors converged on Canebrake Subdivision in Athens today. Numerous homes in this newly built subdivision were damaged Friday morning when a tornado touched down. The tornado was one of a small swarm of twisters that hit Limestone and Madison Counties around nine o’clock. In all, 17 counties in Alabama encountered tornadoes in the weather system that swept through the region. There were a total of 11 injuries and 1 reported fatality in Alabama. Although no one in Canebrake was seriously injured, the storm caused major damage to property, and from the looks of it, many of the residents there came very close to harm.



Roofs on many of the houses appeared as though something had taken a bite out of the structures, and then moved on to the next building.















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Fortunately for the residents there, the storms were predicted well in advance by the National Weather Service, county Emergency Management Agencies and area broadcast media.


It was reported by TVA that as many as 35,000 residents in Alabama lost power in the time immediately after the storms. However power was restored, and as of Saturday afternoon, only a small number of customers are still without electricity.





Now the rebuilding begins everywhere the tornadoes hit. Canebrake residents told The Quad-Cities Daily that they feel fortunate that only property damage happened to them.

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The Limestone County Correctional Facility near Athens also received major storm damage Friday. Damage assessments are still underway, with initial reports of operational damage to the perimeter fencing, canteen and training facilities, the K9 kennel, and roof damage on two inmate cell blocks. Approximately 300 inmates living in the affected areas will be temporarily housed elsewhere within the facility. There are no reports of serious injuries. One bloodhound, however, could not be located.


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