Unimaginable Tragedy Hits Alabama … Twice
March 4, 2012 by staff
Unimaginable Tragedy Hits Alabama … Twice, Cody Stewart is done owning a home for a little while. He has lost his house to tornadoes twice in 10 months.
A killer twister wiped out his neighborhood in the epic Alabama storms April 27, causing Stewart $40,000 worth of damage that forced him to temporarily move in with his parents. In his house for less than two months with repairs still incomplete, another tornado hit again Friday, ripping off the roof, slinging it into the backyard and leaving the walls bowed outward.
This time, the damage is beyond repair.
“I kind of expected there to be more storms again this year, but you never expect it to hit the same place twice,” Stewart said Saturday as he stood in what remains of his wood-frame home. “I think I’m going to live in an apartment awhile. I’m not superstitious, but it just kind of seems there’s a path here and I don’t want to be in it again, and I hope other people make the same choice.”
While scattered damage was reported elsewhere, the worst destruction was in Limestone and Madison counties, where 190 homes were damaged or destroyed.
The damage included nearly every house in Stewart’s neighborhood on Yarbrough Road, located in the Tennessee Valley about 15 miles northwest of Huntsville.
The storms were not as deadly in Alabama this time. Nearly 200 miles south of Harvest, which is near the Tennessee state line, one person was killed in the Tallapoosa County community of Jackson’s Gap. Last year, twisters cut a wide path of destruction across the region, killing about 250 people statewide, including at least two near where Stewart lived.
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