Twisters leave 200 homeless in FL

More than 200 families are left homeless by F2 tornadoes that ripped through Florida on Christmas Day.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 26, 2006


More than 200 families are left homeless by F2 tornadoes that ripped through Florida on Christmas Day.

The Meadowlea, Fernwood, Orangewood and Rosewood Terrace mobile home parks near DeLand bore the brunt of the damage. Eight people from that area - two with critical injuries - were taken to hospitals. Dozens of homes were toppled and ripped apart by the storm.

Apartment buildings were also damaged, and local officials expressed concern that lack of insurance will hamper recovery for many renters and mobile home dwellers.

On Tuesday, crews were clearing debris while many residents sifted through rubble trying to salvage belongings that included Christmas presents and decorations scattered far and wide. Most of Christmas night, crews searched under the rubble to ensure nobody was trapped. Local emergency officials are surprised nobody died, given the intensity of the damage.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from the Sutton Place Apartments in Daytona Beach as well, after a twister ripped roofs and walls off of several units. The apartments have 240 units, and on Tuesday residents were allowed back to salvage what belongings they could.


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