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Etowah County Communities Moving Forward

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Etowah County is making its way back to its feet nearly one month after tornadoes hit several communities.

"We had around 150 homes that were impacted, we had over 30 that were destroyed," EMA Director Mike Bryant says.

Broken trees and debris piled feet high are what you see in some parts of Etowah County.

The scene is almost the same as last year.

"This community got hit last year in March and had significant damage. It wasn't declaration damage, but a lot of the same people who got hit last year got hit this year," Bryant says.

It's been nearly a month since the tornadoes hit and Bryant says clean-up and recovery are well underway.

"They've gotten a lot of it already and it looks a lot better, and that always helps the residents when your neighborhood begins to look a little better,"  Bryant says.

Slowly but surely houses are being reconstructed and fallen trees are being removed.

"These people are real resilient. They don't wait, they get out the next day and start helping one another, a lot of them have farm equipment and they use that, and they just bounce back really quickly," Bryant says.

Filed in: Northeast Alabama

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