published Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Help line established for DeKalb County tornado victims

While Goe Cruz, right, watches, Crossville (Ala.) High School student Madison Denton sets up cots Wednesday in the tornado-damaged Cruz home in the Kilpatrick community on Sand Mountain. Also pictured are students Daniel Schafelberger, left rear, and Nicole Minor.
While Goe Cruz, right, watches, Crossville (Ala.) High School student Madison Denton sets up cots Wednesday in the tornado-damaged Cruz home in the Kilpatrick community on Sand Mountain. Also pictured are students Daniel Schafelberger, left rear, and Nicole Minor.
Photo by John Rawlston.

As victims continue cleaning up in the wake of Monday’s tornadoes, DeKalb County, Ala., officials have established a contact number for those still needing help.

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Director Anthony Clifton said storm victims can call 256-638-9909 for more information about available help.

“That number is for people to need help or want to help to call and leave their information,” Clifton said. Leave a message and “we will call them back.”

National Weather Service suveyors on Tuesday confirmed two tornadoes that hit DeKalb Monday were EF-2 storms with winds of 120 to 125 mph.

The 220-yard-wide tornado that hit the Kilpatrick community touched down in Marshall County east of Albertville near Hamby Road and tracked eastward, while the other tornado touched down west of Fyffe and north of County Road 50 along County Road 539 and tore its way east to Tumlin Road, Weather Service reports state.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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