Community pitches in to clean up after a deadly storm
Severe weather hit Pike County this weekend, destroying homes and businesses in Troy. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Monday, confirming the storm produced a tornado. A day after the storm, the Wiregrass is pitching in to help in recovery.
A tornado destroyed 9 homes at Hunters Mountain Mobile Home Park early Sunday morning.
The owners say the recovery has been faster than expected because of the help of others.
Charles Bass helped his daughter make a home at Hunter's Mountain Mobile Estates two years ago.
After Sunday’s tornado, family is pitching together to pack up what's left.
"We are just glad she wasn't here at the time, this is material stuff it can be replaced," said Charles Bass.
And while he's cleaning up, the Salvation Army is serving up hot meals for lunch and dinner.
"We don't want them to feel forgotten. They are in an area between Dothan and Montgomery, and we want them to realize they are just as important as anyone else is,” said Austin Sturdivant, Salvation Army Lieutenant from Dothan.
The Wiregrass Salvation Army teamed up with Pike County and Montgomery to make it happen.
"Things are getting right in place very quickly, because of everyone helping each other, which is the way it's supposed to be," said Kimberly May, Pike County Salvation Army Director.
Cecilia Quakenbush is thankful for that help. She watched from her window as a trailer landed on top of her son and his fiancé’s home while they were asleep.
"I wanted to be a mama bear to protect my babies," said Quakenbush.
Thankfully no one was injured and her home wasn't damaged. A blessing she says was sent from God.
"So many homes were completely destroyed I’m just thankful my babies can grow up get married and have children," said Quakenbush.
Quakenbush says she always felt safe living here - and never thought to purchase a weather radio - but now she says it's the next step to staying safe.
And for others not surrounded by family -
"There’s help out there, just ask," said May.
The Salvation Army will serve dinner to first responders and home owners tonight. After that they will reevaluate their next steps.