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Storms damage multiple homes in Etowah County

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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Residents in the rural community of Smiths Institute are repairing homes, yards and nerves after a second destructive storm system in a year.

Authorities with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office say the system left numerous homes destroyed or heavily damaged over an even more widespread area than the tornado that touched down on Roden Road a year earlier, killing several people at one address.

This time, Chief Deputy Michael Barton says the patterns of destruction don't necessarily match up with a tornado and could be straight line winds.

Authorities had to clear debris from numerous roadways in the community located near Sardis City and near a place where Etowah, DeKalb and Marshall Counties meet each other, before they could check homes to see if people were unharmed.

Their first check, Barton said, found two people who were injured, but the injuries were minor and they were able to walk around and talk to deputies. The second round of checks didn't find anyone else.

But numerous homes, sheds and barns on Horton Gap Road, Liberty Hill Road, Brow Drive and Roden Road were either damaged or destroyed. Some people who suffered through the 2011 tornado received damage again, sometimes even to rebuilt homes.

Louise Greer went to a nearby relative's home to wait out the storm in a basement.

"I just remember the awful sound," Greer recalled. "It was--everybody says it's like a train, but it's not, it would sound more like a bunch of helicopters. It didn't sound like no train to me, ear crackin' and a'poppin'."

Willis Dorsett recalls the destruction to his family's home, just after they went to their place of safety.

"It was just total chaos," he recalled. "Tree limbs, everything come into the house. We actually watched the roof lift up off the top of the house, seen lightning striking, then it set right back down."

When they came out, they found their home destroyed, and trees that fell on a camper, which then leaned over and crushed an SUV.

Etowah County Deputy Sgt. Lanny Handy says it will likely take days to clean up the damage, and volunteers are encouraged to come to the staging area at Bethlehem Baptist Church, especially if they have chain saws.

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