Storms destroy Blount County homes, businesses

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ALLGOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Driving through Blount County after Thursday night’s storms, the damage is impossible to miss. Trees lie on top of homes, one business just off of Highway 75 has been upended, and several trailer homes in the Bolle Trailer Park in Allgood have been destroyed.

Maria Zamora lives in the trailer park. For her, it’s personal.

“It’s my community, I was raised here,” explains Zamora.

Zamora is one of the lucky ones as her home is mostly undamaged. But for her neighbors who live right across the street, the storm sliced the building right in half.   

“I saw all the homes destroyed and it’s just devastating,” says Zamora.

The family who owns that trailer home graciously let us inside. Where there was once a kitchen, there are exposed pipes. Where there once was a den, there’s only debris.

The Blount County EMA tells CBS 42 that Thursday’s storm displaced by their estimates 50 to 100 people. The National Weather Service says that while tornadoes did touch down in Blount County, they’re not certain whether the damage in Allgood is a product of a tornado or straight-line winds. But, The National Weather Service does say that the gusts were strong enough to topple trees and power lines.

“Right now we’re looking at about 75-85 miles per hour,” explains Kevin Laws with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “So, there’s not a lot of structural damage. But, what we’ve seen so far is a lot of trees have been toppled over and the trees have impacted the structures.”

While the damage breaks her heart, Zamora believes the community will come together and pull through.  

“When I woke up this morning I tried to wake up early to help,” says Zamora. “I know that we’re gonna get through this because us as neighbors we’ve been helping each other out but I mean it’s just so devastating.”

The Blount County Commission held an emergency meeting Thursday at 1:00 P.M. There, they learned that there was not quite enough damage to public roadways to meet the state’s threshold for aid.

Dean Calvert, Blount Count Commissioner for District 3, tells CBS 42 that this means elected officials and residents will have to come together to pick up the pieces. 

The Blount County EMA tells CBS 42 that they are still in the process of repairing downed power lines, but as soon as those repairs are made, they will begin sending in volunteer crews to assist with the clean-up effort. If you have an interest in volunteering, you are asked to sign up at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. 

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