Recovery continues in Eclectic

Crews worked to help clean debris, while storm victims recovered belongings at Myers Trailer Park in Eclectic Friday.  Some people actually spent the night out there after the storms, worried about potential looting.

Besides the mobile homes that were destroyed, but there were other homes in the area that saw damage.  One family's dream home was destroyed.  And they would have been at home, if it were not for the WSFA 12 Weather app – downloaded just the day before.

"And he made the decision to turn," said Diane Crosby.  "If we had not had that weather app on his cell phone…I feel that's what saved our life. "

So Crosby and her family decided out the storm in Wetumpka.  After it passed, they heard the news.

"Friends called and said we no longer had a home," Crosby said.  "We had been here 15 years.  It was our dream home.  We never dreamed that Tuesday night would be our last night here.

So they're beginning the process of cleaning up with help from friends.  David Baker is working with a group to help clear some of the metal debris from the site.

"The money's going to a recycling company.  They're going to take the money from there, hold it and then give it back to the community, right here in this area," Baker said.

In the meantime, the Crosbys are trying to figure out what to do next.  They do know they won't rebuild on the site of their dream home.

"We'll continue somewhere else, we'll rebuild and strive and go forward," Crosby said.

The Elmore County EMA is still asking for volunteers.  Volunteers are asked to register before at 40 Kowaliga Road (the old Hardin building), starting at 8 A.M. Saturday.  You can call 334-567-6451 for more information.

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