Residents hope to rebuild nearly 2 years after April tornadoes | News
PISGAH, AL (WAFF)- After the tornado in Hattiesburg, people will soon start trying to put their lives back together - a recovery process many in the Valley are familiar with.
Tornados hit North Alabama on April 27th, 2011, and today some residents are still hoping to rebuild.
Proof of the April 27th tornadoes is still evident in Pisgah nearly two years later.
"It'll never be the way it used to be, but there is still quite a bit that needs to be done," said Jimmy Parrish.
He sees reminders of the storms damage every time he looks out his front door.
"It was pretty devastating around here - more than people expected," he said.
Parrish said the town has made progress, but they are nowhere near where they used to be.
"There's still a lot of cleaning up to do," he said. "People's barns and homes were destroyed. A lot of them have rebuilt though."
Some people in Pisgah rebuilt with the help of Roger Haney. He's a coordinator with Jackson/DeKalb County Long Term Recovery. Haney and his volunteers have been helping since the storm and still continue to do so. They help in areas where the county can't, like on private property.
"So far, our organization has been involved in 26 homes that have been completely built from the foundation up," Haney said.
His team has a color coordinated map to decide where they have worked, where they will work, and what areas still need work.
"There's a lot of different reasons that it's lasting this long, but that's just the process," he said.
Haney said they are still taking in new cases for anyone in Jackson County. He urges them to contact his organization and be patient. He has teams coming in every week to help out and a set goal to help everyone in the area by July. If you need help, call (256) 638-2126.
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