Approximately 9,000 homes still without electricity Tuesday night
by James Phillips
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A large thunderstorm caused major damage across Walker County Monday. Downed trees on this property on Stacks Bottom Road in Empire destroyed three vechicles and damaged a mobile home.
A large thunderstorm caused major damage across Walker County Monday. Downed trees on this property on Stacks Bottom Road in Empire destroyed three vechicles and damaged a mobile home.
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Many Walker County residents spent most of Tuesday removing debris from their home after a severe thunderstorm caused major damage thoughout the area Monday afternoon.

Members of the Hollis family, who live in the Phillipstown area of Empire, said they worked Monday night and all day Tuesday to clear Phillipstown Road.

“We have cleared a lot,” Randy Hollis said. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s going to give us a good bit of firewood that we will have next winter.”

Hundreds of trees fell along Phillipstown Road and Stacks Bottom Road in Empire. A mobile home and three cars were damaged on one property on Stacks Bottom Road. Several other homes suffered minor damage in that area.

Area officials were still surveying damage Tuesday. Each of the county’s four districts reported damage from the storm. Crews from each district were working throughout the day Tuesday to clear debris from roadways. Some of the harder hit areas included Jasper, Carbon Hill, Empire, Sipsey and Curry.

“We have some bad damage in spots,” District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said. “Wells Loop was the hardest hit in my district. We were there working until 10:30 Monday night with help from area fire departments, District 4 and District 3. We have assessed damage all day today.”

The Jasper City Council approved $20,000 Tuesday for the city’s street department to help pay for debris removal. Public Works Director Joe Matthews said $10,000 will pay a contractor, while the other $10,000 will help pay overtime for city workers.

“We have a lot of debris to pick up,” Matthews said. “We’re going to need to hire someone to help. I appreciate the area citizens who came out Monday night to help clear the roads. If they hadn’t been there, we couldn’t have gotten the roads cleared as fast as we did.”

Alabama Power officials said approximately 9,000 customers were still without electricity in Walker County Tuesday afternoon. A press release from the company said some Walker County residents could be without power until midnight tonight.

Several area schools did not hold classes Tuesday, but only a few will not be in session today. Cordova Elementary, Bankhead Middle, Cordova High and Lupton School all cancelled classes today. Walker County Schools Superintendent Jason Adkins said the schools did not have the ability to cook for the students due to power issues, which is why they will remain closed today.

Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said there were no deaths associated with the storms.

“It’s really a miracle with as many trees that fell that we didn’t have someone die,” he said.

Walker Baptist Medical Center officials said the hospital saw a few patients with storm-related injuries on Monday evening.