published Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Alabama woman 'lucky to be alive' after storm destroys her house

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    Tammy Smith picks through the rubble of her mother's home today. It was destroyed by strong storms overnight in the Aroney community near Boaz in DeKalb County, Ala.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BOAZ, Ala. -- About a dozen relatives helped Winston and Sue Renfoe salvage what belongings they could from the couples' storm-ravaged home on County Road 4 this afternoon.

"I am lucky to be alive," Sue Renfoe said as sunlight shined through the rafters of her living room and a granddaughter swept up soggy sheetrock from the collapsed ceiling.

The Renfoes rode out the storm in their bedroom, and came through it uninjured.

The two- bedroom home, however, will have to be knocked down, they say.

It's one of about 10 homes ruined last night by a storm in DeKalb County, Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Edmondson said. The storm also wiped out two chicken farms, he said, seriously damaged about 40 homes and left many residents without electricity and water.

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about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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