Decatur Recovering From Tornado Damage

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

Broken trees, insulation and debris are littered across Decatur: the destruction from a tornado that swept through Newton County. Now many residents are left picking up the pieces.

"Pretty substantial damage, came all the way across the county, it looks like," Newton County EMA Director Steve Baggett says. "It started from the West and came out the east side. Decatur got hit pretty hard. All the way across Country Club Road, back across even to Chapel Hill Road."

Baggett says he believes that the tornado never actually touched down, just repeatedly dipped. Either way, it left its mark. Pieces of the Decatur Country Club are scattered about and nearby neighborhoods are still recovering.

This is one of the areas hit hardest in the county, and emergency management says with the damage seen here, these people are lucky to have escaped without any deaths or injuries.

Lindsey Blount's family is one who counts itself blessed to have survived. She says she was bunkered down when it hit, and it's an experience she won't forget.

"Mom actually called us inside. We went in the closet. We were watching you guys in the iPad on stream. About the time it went out, it got real quiet," Lindsey Blount recalls. "All of a sudden, our house started shaking. It was like the roof was fixing to come off. It was over in five seconds, but it felt like the longest five seconds."

The damage to Blount's home was minimal, but insurance agents say many others suffered far more extensive damage.

"For a few days, this will be very busy," State Farm agent Bob Douglas says. "We'll be evaluating the damage, getting adjusters in here and trying to take care of repairs for the clients."


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