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Two dead, several injured in Lawrence County storm

A couple was found north of their property and was pronounced dead. Their 7-year-old is now in critical condition in a Birmingham Hospital.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 7:24 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2019 12:43 PM

Lawrence County officials confirmed a couple is dead after being found north of their property in Town Creek.

The couple's 7-year-old child was also found north of their property in critical condition. Town Creek Police Chief Jerry Garret said the 7-year-old was transported to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

There were several injuries of people who live on 265 County Road in Town Creek. Strong wind gusts took out at least 4 to 12 homes and downed trees and power lines.

More than 20 agencies responded to what officials are saying looks like "chaos" on County Road 265. That includes officials with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Hartselle, Town Creek and Hillsboro. Many more assisted. 

"What we first seen on County Road 265 was clocked with trees and debris. So, it was just total chaos and we just have to make do the best we could," said Scott Norwood, the Lawrence County Coroner.

At the moment, first responders and officials are the only people allowed down 265 County Road.

Norwood also said that Lawrence County is overwhelmed with emotion and that it gives them "goosebumps" that so many agencies responded so quickly to assist with the damage.

"We're thankful. We're blessed that in the public safety realm that when disaster strikes, no matter what the differences are, we all come together and work together as one," said Norwood.

Lawrence County officials conducted checks Monday evening on other homes on 265 County Road to make sure everyone was accounted for. They said no one was reported missing.

They are also advising any first responder who may have seen something traumatic from Monday night's rescue and relief efforts to ask for help if they need. They stressed the importance of mental health and asking for help as a first responder. 

On Tuesday, officials are investigating storm damage of what appears to be a tornado that damaged the neighborhood.

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