Washington county residents cleaning up storm damage


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ala. – Last night’s severe weather left its mark on one small community in Washington County.

It was close to midnight when the severe weather hit the small community of Cortelyou here in Washington County. It didn’t last long, but it was pretty scary for some of these families.

Public works crews and county inmates spent the morning clearing Ben Powell Road and Cortelyou in Wagarville.

Ramie Johnson was at work when the trees starting falling around his house. He got a call from his frightened wife.

“It was scary, because I couldn’t do anything. I was stuck at work, and she was here, but luckily my parents live right here and they was able to get her and the baby out,” Johnson said.

Tommy Johnson lives across the road. His driveway was blocked by a tree.

“It didn’t last but about two minutes and that was it. It felt like just a strong wind,” he said.

Dozens of trees fell in just a matter of minutes. The trees that fell in this yard damaged two vehicles parked in the driveway.

The area also lost power when lightning hit a transformer.

June Gerald says the storm left a big mess, but it could have been much worse.

“The wind and the rain and everything was so strong until it was just a big blur. I looked out the window and couldn’t see anything but the debris flying,” Gerald said.

The roads were cleared before noon Tuesday, but the people still have a lot of cleaning up to do. They’re just hoping they don’t have to start all over again once the next round of bad weather comes through our area.

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