Most of Alabama Escapes Storm's Wrath; Crenshaw County Sees Damage

For the most part, Alabamians are breathing a sigh of relief tonight. The line of severe storms that pounded Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi also hit here Saturday.

Despite the big buildup, it appears the worst fizzled after it crossed the state line.

But not everyone escaped. Northern Crenshaw County got hammered.

The biggest drama of the day? That was when Crenshaw County Sheriff's deputies and firemen were forced to remove one of several trees lying across state road 97- the third blockage they faced even as another situation awaited them.

"The best we know of, there's an elderly couple in a structure apparently damaged pretty heavily. The word is they're ok, but we can't seem to get anyone to them," said Fire Chief Richard Jordan

Crews worked for a solid half hour to clear the trees - and that wasn't the only damage. A nearby church lost part of a steeple, the columns from the front doors and even if the weather is better, Sunday services will look a little darker because of a downed main power line.

People living nearby say it was actually the end of the line for one big blow.

"It started here, skipped over there and took two houses out," said Chris Culveo.

The victims, the hens and roosters living in Koch Farms six chicken houses. The high winds ripped the roofs off two houses filled with poultry. The other four were empty but also demolished. And people living nearby also took a hit.

"My shop got tore up the most. It took most of the shingles off the top of my house. I live on the hill. I'm in just about the safest place around here but my shop, it's tin like those over there and it tore everything up on it," Culveo said.

We followed up with Crenshaw County Sheriff Charlie West for an update on the elderly couple who reportedly suffered severe damage to their home.

The sheriff says it appears that was a misunderstanding, that their home is actually fine - and no one was injured.

But Koch Farms managers were concerned they needed to move their chickens from the houses with the roof blown off - out of fear they might drown.