PRATTVILLE, AL -- WSFA 12 News has spoken with Jim Stefkovich from that National Weather Service in Birmingham who is on the scene in Prattville. He has confirmed that the tornado that hit the city is rated an EF-3. More >>
The Montgomery Humane Society will gladly take in the pets of the victims of Prattville. Anyone who needs help in taking care of their pets until they can get settled can bring them to the MontgomeryMore >>
Troy, Al. (WSFA) -- The American Red Cross is scheduling a Disaster Relief Drive in Troy.
The drive will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 8am to 5pm at the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 231 in Troy.
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- Prattville Mayor Jim Byard is announcing that several charitable organizations are offering assistance to the victims of the weekend tornado in their time of need.
If residentsMore >>
As several Alabama counties clean up, officials are assessing the damage of the severe storm outbreak. WSFA 12 News has video from the hardest hit area as the tornado touched down in Prattville. More >>
Prattville, Ala. (WSFA) -- As "Severe Weather Awareness Week" kicks off Governor Bob Riley and numerous other officials toured the damage in heavily hit portions of Prattville on Monday. Riley held aMore >>
Residents along brooklyn road in Andalusia spent the day surveying the damage left behind by yesterdays storms. Roofs were torn from homes, trees snapped in two, and for walter bush, he experienced itMore >>
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- Art Ivins, Manager of the Montgomery Expressway Toll Bridge, says the bridge will offer free passage to anyone assisting in the Prattville tornado recovery.
They will honor thisMore >>
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- If you have lost your job because of the tornado damage and don't know where to turn, Governor Bob Riley's office is asking that you call the Alabama Department of IndustrialMore >>
The same line of storms that damaged Prattville and parts of Dallas County also left behind damage in several other counties.More >>
As homeowners in Prattville work to clean up and rebuild following Sunday's tornado, area businesses are also plotting their next move. More than fifty businesses were affected by the storm along Cobbs Ford Road -- one of the city's major commercial districts.
Two days ago, Cuts By Us was bustling with customers. But Monday, Manager Wendy Dorbeth and her family were busy sweeping up broken glass and debris.
"We just made us a pathway through the destruction," Dorbeth said. "We looked for our stylist licenses and stuff like that."
This is the second time Dorbeth has been affected by a natural disaster. She is evacuated from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
"This is just like a nightmare, reliving everything all over again from Katrina," she said.
The manager of a nearby clothing store was also busy cleaning up Monday.
"It was very, very scary," recalled Anna Lisa Hall, who was inside her store when the tornado hit. She and her employees huddled in the back stockroom.
"When I started seeing the Wal-Mart carts flying around the parking lot, we knew it was time to take cover," she said.
Hall says her business is losing $3,000 every day it remains closed. Dorbeth's hair salon is losing as much as $6,000 per week. And you can imagine how much money the larger stores like Wal-Mart make in a day.
But business owners are not only concerned about the loss in sales, but a loss of merchandise. Because many of the stores cannot be locked up, there is a fear of looting.
State troopers, local law enforcement officers and private security firms are standing guard. And Mayor Jim Byard says so far, so good.
"I want to thank the governor and the local law enforcement agencies," Byard said. "We will be using them again tonight."
Most of the chain stores are offering employees the opportunity to work at other nearby locations. And damaged pharmacies have transferred prescriptions to other stores.
A spokesman for Wal-Mart says its store should reopen by the end of the week, but it will likely be months before all the affected businesses return to business as usual.
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