Fultondale, Ala. (WIAT) – The city of Fultondale is still recovering from the F-3 tornado Monday at night. Authorities report a death and more than 30 people injured.
The mayor of the city, Larry Holcomb, says they are tasked with overcoming the damage.
“It lets them know that we care about them,” said Holcomb.
Neighborhoods, businesses and even hotels suffered significant damage from Monday’s storm. The roof of the Hampton Inn near Fulton Road has suffered major damage. Hotel management says no one was hurt during the storm.
“You know, the citizens didn’t know. They were scared. They were scared. I didn’t know what to do, which way to turn, ”said Holcomb.
Holcomb says it will take some time for the city to fully recover.
“There is a long way to go. And we have to be alert and make sure everyone is accounted for, ”said Holcomb.
Brian Hastings of Alabama Emergency Management says he can only imagine the pain that the people of Fultondale are going through.
“Our hearts, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered losses. Lost loved ones, ”said Hastings.
Hastings says the next phase of recovery is to assess the damage. Local management teams are currently investigating the area for damage and will report. If they need help, he says the state will provide assistance.
“And, in the end, we are paying attention and trying to respond to the needs of the locals,” said Hastings.
While it may take some time, Mayor Holcomb says they will recover from the disaster together.
“Tell them that they are not alone. And that we support them and do everything we can to help them in this process and assist them in the best way that we can, ”said Holcomb.
Holcomb says he is accepting donations like food, water and hygiene products to help those in need after Monday’s deadly storm.