Senator Doug Jones visits Lee county amid devastation


LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) had a busy day in southeast Alabama Thursday. 

The senator went down to Lee County to tour the damage and visit local donation sites. 

CBS 42 caught up with Jones at a volunteer center in Smith’s Station where people have come from all over the country to help the families impacted by the deadly Lee County tornadoes. Senator Jones thanked the volunteers for their selfless efforts over the last few days. 

He said that he can never prepare when coming to a devastated area like this, but he is happy to see the community is coming together.

“It’s amazing what people do in the time of need and time of tragedy, and these folks are here to help and its people from the communities around here and from all over the country and we can always use the help,” Jones said, “and it’s not just the water and the diapers and the things, it’s the spiritual need that people need to talk to.”

Senator Jones recommended for anyone who lives in the area and needs help to register for FEMA and to not be afraid to go to a shelter. 

Aside from visiting the volunteer sites, Senator Jones used most of the day to observe the devastation and talk with families who are going through this unimaginable tragedy. 

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