Limestone County Man’s Home Destroyed For Second Time In Four Years

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of damage could be found in the West Limestone area Friday with one unfortunate storm victim having to pick up the pieces for the second time in four years.

Gilbert Martinez’s mobile home off Sledge Road was left in shambles after Thursday night’s powerful storm plowed through. His roof and several other belongings were tossed all over the nearby area just moments after he and his family returned from a dinner outing in Decatur.

Martinez told WHNT News 19 that he also lost his roof during a tornado that happened in the spring of 2010.  But, he said this time there will be no rebuilding.

“You could feel the force of the wind,” said Martinez.  “As soon as we got down here, just a loud boom.  The whole roof, just everywhere. We’re going to salvage what we already have and we’re going to have to move. We already spent too much money, spent a lot trying to fix this roof.”

Luckily Martinez, his wife and their children escaped unharmed.  Local churches and relief agencies are helping storm victims in western Limestone County with the cleanup.


  • Sue

    Second time in 4 years! Wow- that is really bad! Hope they get a new place soon. Mobile homes are a good/cheaper option sometimes but they can be destroyed so fast. Good luck with the next residence.

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