Decatur home on Somerville Road experiences severe storm damage

Morgan County EMA Director said so there are 43 homes and 6 businesses that are damaged.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 7:44 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2018 9:04 PM

On Wednesday, several families are still without homes due to storm damage. Decatur Utilities continued to work to restore power, by cutting and clearning trees, and putting up new poles.

The main areas impacted by the storm are northwest and southeast decatur. WAAY 31 met one family who was home Tuesday night. They didn't want to talk on camera, but tell us they have a lot of cleaning up to do.

"He said he just heard a huge, one big bump as it hit the roof. He didn't really know until this morning because everything went dark," property manager Jim Robinson said.

Jim Robinson rents this home to a family. He said the father and his children were home. When they noticed the winds started picking up around 11 p.m, they ran inside the closet.

"When we got here, we saw that the damage was pretty severe. Knocked the windows out and the power out in the house. It was just some pretty bad damage," Robinson said.

Now crews are cutting down trees on top of the home, and leaving it on the side of the road for the city to pick up. But other damage could take much longer to fix.

"I was really surprised when I come across the bridge. I've been on the water over there and seen the kind of damage. Until you get right here close to the street, you didn't see any damage," Robinson said.

Robinson lives in Ardmore, and seeing the mess in Decatur reminds him of the tornadoes that touched down in his neighborhood two weeks ago.

"I haven't heard of anyone being hurt and like in Ardmore, that's the biggest thing. We didn't have anybody get hurt, so we can fix anything else.

The Morgan County EMA Director told me so far there are around 43 homes and 5 businesses that are damaged from the strong winds.
But, crews said that number could increase.

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