Cleanup begins in Akron after tornado

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akron tornado, november 2022

By WVUA23 News Student Reporter Gracie Fusco

A tornado blew through the town of Akron in Hale County Tuesday night.

Hale County is no stranger to tornadoes. Several have touched down there in the past year.

Oak Village community resident Porter Key lost everything he had in just a few harrowing moments, he said. But he’s focused on the future, not the past.

“You just have to deal with it,” he said. “It’s tomorrow, so don’t worry about yesterday, you know. That’s all you can do.”

While the community of Akron endured extensive damage, they are receiving help from all over.

The American Red Cross had boots on the ground almost immediately, and crews were able to see firsthand the damage that was done and what help was needed.

“We are sending a big truck that has care supplies in it,” said American Red Cross Central-West Alabama Chapter Executive Director Tomalisa Washington. “Everything from toothpaste to toothbrushes, the necessities people need. Because they literally lost everything.”

The community is working with fewer resources than ideal, but that isn’t stopping residents from helping each other the best they can.

“A lot of people came out the other night when it happened and jumped in and pitched in trying to help emergency crews and power companies,” said Scott Spencer, a friend of a resident.

The Oak Village community will likely be without power for several more days because of the extensive damage to power poles.

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