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Dale County Storm Damage

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

The storm that hit Coffee County then moved east toward Dale County, causing much debris and some injuries.

The Echo community was the hardest hit area in Dale County, damaging not only homes, but some businesses.

Crews are still on the scenes working hard to get things back to normal.

At least eight mobile homes and six chicken houses have been completely destroyed by what area officials call a tornado.

"We were at my grandma and granddaddy’s house and all of the sudden we hear my granddaddy yelling that there are two tornadoes. We were just sitting there and you could hear it coming over. Now there are trees knocked down, our chicken houses have damage and power lines are down at our church,” says Echo Resident Beth Brown.

Echo Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit responded immediately, transporting four residents to the hospital with minor injuries.

Fortunately, no major injuries occurred from the storm.

However, Highway 27, the road that cuts through the community, has been shut down, with debris and downed power lines.

"We’ve searched the Echo area to make sure all of the buildings are cleared. We have numerous reports of damaged buildings. Pea River is on the scene along with a lot of volunteers," says Echo Rescue Worker, Jody Holman.

Echo fire officials predict clean up efforts to continue for a few days

Officials expect the power to remain out in the community for at least five hours. However, crews are working to restore power as soon as possible.

If you need any assistance in the Echo community, call the Echo Volunteer Fire Department at 795-6700.


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