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Responders reach out in AL

One third of this town is simply flattened.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | CARBON HILL, Ala. | November 12, 2002


"I know that the faith communituy will respond quickly because they've already been working in Abbeville."

—Lesli Remaly


One third of this town is simply flattened.

As tornadoes hit a six-state area Sunday, Walker County, where Carbon Hill is located, was particularly hard-hit, said Scott Adcock, spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Carbon Hill is 50 miles northwest of Birmingham.

Faith-based disaster recovery groups were on their way to Walker County Monday, said Lesli Remaly, a disaster response and recovery liaison with Church World Service.

"I know that the faith communituy will respond quickly because they've already been working in Abbeville," Remaly said. A tornado hit the southern Alabama town of Abbeville in late October, injuring 25 people.

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) reported that, in the wake of Sunday's tornadoes, 143 homes were damaged or destroyed in the Abbeville area. LDR is working with United Methodists and Baptists to arrange housing for over-night volunteers.

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee was also working to assess damages and determine a response throughout the southeast.

In Sunday's onslaught of tornadoes, which hit more than half a dozen states, the two hardest hit Alabama counties were Walker and Cherokee.

The Humane Society of the United States was in contact with local officials to determine animal-related needs.


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