Help line established for DeKalb County tornado victims

Help line established for DeKalb County tornado victims

March 21st, 2013 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

While Goe Cruz, right, watches, Crossville (Ala.) High School student Madison Denton sets up cots Wednesday in the tornado-damaged Cruz home in the Kilpatrick community on Sand Mountain. Also pictured are students Daniel Schafelberger, left rear, and Nicole Minor.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

DeKalb tornadoes

DeKalb tornadoes

Illustration by Laura McNutt /Times Free Press.

As victims continue cleaning up in the wake of Monday's tornadoes, DeKalb County, Ala., officials have established a contact number for those still needing help.

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Director Anthony Clifton said storm victims can call 256-638-9909 for more information about available help.

"That number is for people to need help or want to help to call and leave their information," Clifton said. Leave a message and "we will call them back."

National Weather Service suveyors on Tuesday confirmed two tornadoes that hit DeKalb Monday were EF-2 storms with winds of 120 to 125 mph.

The 220-yard-wide tornado that hit the Kilpatrick community touched down in Marshall County east of Albertville near Hamby Road and tracked eastward, while the other tornado touched down west of Fyffe and north of County Road 50 along County Road 539 and tore its way east to Tumlin Road, Weather Service reports state.