Crawford community celebrates one year after EF-3 tornado

Crawford community celebrates one year after EF-3 tornado

CRAWFORD, AL (WTVM) - Willie Turvin sits at the kitchen bar inside his new three bedroom house off Lee Road 205.

One year ago, his home looked very different.

"It doesn't feel like it has been a year," says Turvin.

When the EF-3 tornado ripped through the Salem and Crawford communities in the early morning hours of April 29, Turvin clung to a refrigerator crouched in a pantry, not thinking in just a few seconds his home of 43 years would be torn apart.

"I thought about it the same time, about 5 a.m. this morning. I actually woke up about that time, I didn't hear any noises and I went back to sleep," explains Turvin.

The homes off Lee Road 205 were some of the hardest hit by the tornado and the memories of that morning are still fresh.

"I just remember the power going out and the house started shaking," says storm victim Ryan Bradley.

"Everybody was warned and alerted with their apps and on tv and we just took cover. No one has a scratch on them that I know of around here," says Micah West.

After a year of rebuilding, the neighborhood now comes together for a block party to celebrate how far they have come.

"As they always say, in every cloud there is always a silver lining and through tragedy and all you come can come together, it proves you can come together on anything," explains West.

A group of neighbors who live off of Alabama Highway 169 is also hosting a cookout this weekend to bring the community together one year later.

They have invited FEMA, the Red Cross, the Fire Department, and all the volunteers who came out to help last year.

The cookout will be Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. near the Haleywood subdivision.

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