Pickens Settlement Tornado 2

By WVUA 23 News Director Lynn Brooks

UPDATED on 1/13/20:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey made a statement about the tragic deaths that resulted from the tornadoes that ravaged Pickens County over the weekend.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday’s severe weather,” Ivey said. “Alabama has lost three of her citizens as a result of the serious round of storms to move through Pickens County yesterday. This morning, I have reached out to both the county leadership as well as the legislative delegation to offer my deepest condolences in this terrible loss of life. “I am profoundly grateful for our emergency management officials, meteorologists, law enforcement and first responders who remained on watch throughout the dangerous weather. Because of their preparedness, we are able to take the needed precautions to withstand these type of storms. We will stand together while we grieve the loss of three of our fellow Alabamians and continue to pray for their loved ones. May God bless them and the great state of Alabama.”

Three people lost their lives as the result of Saturday’s violent storms. Pickens County Sheriff Todd Hall confirmed three fatalities in the Settlement community, calling the homes “unrecognizable.”  Two of the victims are from the same residence.  The subdivision was the hardest hit in Pickens County, and contained a mixture of standard built homes and mobile homes.

According to Hall, a search effort is underway to ensure all residents are accounted for.  Names of the deceased have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

Displaced residents have found temporary housing with friends and family.

To check the status of any resident in the affected area, call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office:  205-367-2000.

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