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Jackson County town hit hard by tornado, but community responds to call for help

ROSALIE, Ala. – When crews arrived to see the aftermath of a tornado Tuesday night in the Jackson County town of Rosalie, they knew it would be bad.

“You really wouldn’t know it was a mobile home if you didn’t know what it was before,” said Sheriff Chuck Phillips.

They found a family of five.  Three of the members had died, and two other family members were rushed to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where they are in critical condition.

The scene is overwhelming. Roofs were ripped off buildings. Belongings are strewn everywhere.  Meanwhile, the cleanup effort has begun and the community is answering the call to help those who lost everything.

The Rosalie Rescue Squad and Fire Department have put out the call for items needed in the cleanup and recovery effort.  Here is a list of the items needed.  You can bring these to either location, both on Highway 71, but currently, the road is closed due to cleanup, so you might need to wait a day to bring them. Please monitor the Rosalie Rescuesquad Facebook Page for continued updates.

  • Heavy gloves
  • Protective eye wear
  • Tarps
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Lumber
  • Snacks
  • Female hygiene products
  • Chainsaws
  • Blowers
  • Bottled water
  • Drink mixes for single water
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Toiletries