Straight line winds damage about 100 homes in Decatur

The Carrie Matthew's Center will remain open for people who cannot stay in their homes because of damage.

Posted: Apr 6, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2018 6:10 PM

The city of Decatur told WAAY 31 they now estimate at least 100 homes have damage and the National Weather Service confirmed it was all caused by straight line winds.

Barbara Cross lives on 8th Avenue in Northwest Decatur. She said trees didn't fall on her home, but one large tree did fall through her neighbor's home and crushed their cars and caused extensive damage to the home. Cross said her power has been knocked out since Tuesday night, but volunteers have been coming by to help.

"We have churches that's bringing food to us," said Cross. "Words can't explain how good they are in making sure we have water, food, and even supply us with help removing the debris."

Volunteers were out cutting up trees and helping homeowners in Northwest Decatur, but the rain did slow some people down.

"You have a lot of people that still showed up early this morning they said, rain or whatever, they are out here to get all the trees down and get the clean up done," said Carl Willingham, who was volunteering. "It's not really affecting everybody but it is slowing it down though."

At the Carrie Matthew's Recreation Center, volunteers were making food to take out to storm victims and other volunteers.

"A lot of them don't get to eat until later on in the evening so were just getting them something to eat. It's for them but it's also still for the community too, a lot of them are still without power," said Willingham.

Decatur Utility crews worked through the rain to get power restored. Decatur Utilities said they hope to have power back on for everyone by Friday night.

Cross got her power back on Friday afternoon and said she is thankful, "Now I am really pleased that we do have the lights thanks to Decatur Utility. They had plenty of people to work on, so I was patient."

The city is going to keep the Carrie Matthew's Center open Friday night for anyone whose home was so damaged they cannot stay in it. They ask that if you plan to stay there to arrive before 10 p.m.

The shelter at the Aquadome is no longer housing people at this time.

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