HEAVY RAINFALL DELAYS PICKENS COUNTY RECOVERY EFFORTS

Pickens Co Storms

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton

Constant showers Tuesday kept folks in Pickens County from making progress on their storm cleanup efforts.

The Settlement community was hit by an EF-2 tornado on Jan. 11, killing three people and injuring five others.
Storm survivors are still trying to mourn these losses while putting what’s left of their lives back together. Coupled with the constant, sometimes heavy rain showers that loom over west Alabama this week, it has been nearly impossible for cleanup efforts to continue.

Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said the delay is frustrating, but he knows progress will continue soon.

“We just had to cease progress out there due to the rain,” Walker said. “All of the dump trucks and excavators mess up the road and the yards. But, immediately when it quits raining, we have crews ready to come back in and continue the clean up progress. … We made contact with a bunch of homeowners to let them know that we are going to move dumpsters beside their houses and start assisting them on moving debris from there the second it clears up.”

Pickens County Sheriff Todd Hall said that having the Pickens County Medical Center nearby was literally a life saver. He said the death and injury poll may have been much larger if medical care hadn’t been so easily accessible.

To assist those impacted by the recent storms, contact Carrollton City Hall at 205-367-8711 or the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at 205-367-2000.

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