A relief fund has been setup for Colbert County victims of tornado

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - A Colbert County family is in desperate need of assistance after a tornado destroyed their family home.

A few concrete blocks and 2x4’s litter the ground where Mary Brooks’ home once stood. An EF-2 tornado struck her Underwood Mountain Road home two weeks ago, injuring Mary and her son. Both remain in the hospital.121416-mike-melton

“I think they are still taking it day-to-day, trying to prioritize what they need to do. There was some injuries, there was some family issues due to the injuries that they are having to work through,” explained Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton.

With lots to work through, Melton said the community is stepping in. You see the Brooks family did not have insurance. So a relief fund to help the family rebuild their homestead has been setup with Bank Independent.

121416-co-tornado-victim-fund-6pm-pkg2“It is a sad situation,” stated Melton. “They have lived there their entire lives. She’s 93 years old, raised all of her kids; all of a sudden within a 20 second period everything is gone.”

Melton said there will be things the family can never replace, but hopes someone can step up and help the family.

Donations to the family can be made at any Bank Independent in north Alabama. The account is listed as the Mary Brooks Disaster Relief Fund.