Storm Cleanup Underway as Some 600 Trees are Downed in Etowah County

Storm clean-up is underway in Etowah County after officials confirm an EF 0 tornado came through the Sardis area late last Friday.

Several nearby cities are coming together to help with the recovery process.

Interim Gadsden Etowah County EMA Director Josh Tanner says about 600 trees fell because of the storm and getting those cleaned up could cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Cities like Hokes Bluff, Gadsden, Southside, and more are coming together to help their neighbors in their time of need; a few homes were damaged and one trailer was destroyed. Tanner says two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He’s thankful that things weren’t worse, but now they are concerned about several trees being down “They are perfect ground for snakes to be under,” said Tanner. “…and they cause further issues by blocking roadways as well as drainage issues the list just goes on and on.”

Tanner says he reached out to Gadsden’s mayor for assistance with debris cleanup and that call led to cities like Attalla and Rainbow City offering their employees and trucks to assist.  The EMA says they are planning another clean-up day soon to work with the cities again to get all of the debris removed.


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