OUR VIEW: Walker County meeting needs after storms

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Destructive weather is not uncommon for Walker County and surrounding areas. We are now in tornado season, and that was evident Sunday when several small tornadoes caused damage in Carbon Hill as well as on the Walker/Jefferson line.

Other towns and neighborhoods in the county suffered severe flooding on Easter Sunday as well.

As a service to the community, the Daily Mountain Eagle recently unveiled its Severe Weather Preparedness Center at mountaineagle.com. The page is located at mountaineagle.com/severe-weather-preparedness.html. Bookmark that location. Visit it to find plenty of information on what to do to be severe weather ready, and it also features real-time social media updates from Walker County EMA and Walker County 9-1-1. As another service to the community, we will also host watch parties on our Facebook page anytime there is severe weather in the area, offering a live stream of James Spann on ABC 33/40.

The DME staff hit to roads throughout the county on Sunday evening and Monday morning, documenting the damage. Reporters will tell the stories through words, photos and video. We also put our EAGLE-1 drone in the air to get some spectacular aerial shots of the impact of Sunday’s storms.

The main thing our staff noticed on Monday was the outpouring of help happening in the areas affected by the severe weather. Neighbors were out in full force with chainsaws helping to minimize debris. Church members were helping to clear yards. Churches and businesses were feeding people hot meals. Law enforcement members were doing wellness checks as well as delivering food. 

People in many parts of the country come together during times of disaster, but we have learned that Walker County is particularly attentive to those in need. We have had our fair share of disaster situations over the years, and nothing matters beyond the need. All that is important is that people are in need and can use help. That is what makes our community special. 

We made it through Sunday’s storms just like we’ve made it through storms in the past. We will make it through the coronavirus pandemic. We will make it through economic issues. Walker County is resilient. Walker County is strong. We will do it!

- Daily Mountain Eagle