Tornadoes that struck Shoal Creek Valley in St. Clair County this spring left clear evidence of their power. On a recent visit to the area, one side of the valley was still forested and displayed the beautiful colors of fall, while the other was cleared off, nearly every tree gone.
The residents of this rural community will have to wait for nature to recover, but one important part of life is already coming back – the all-volunteer Shoals Creek Fire and Rescue service.
Thanks to support from the Community Foundation and other funders through the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee, a grant check for $65,000 was delivered recently to the organization. This will be used to supplement insurance, FEMA payments and other donations.
The tornadoes hit two stations hard, damaging truck and buildings and destroying almost all the gear used by the volunteers who serve the community as first responders in the case of fire and other disasters. Right now, some are using personal vehicles to answer medical calls. With this support, the organization plans to restore its emergency services so the community will be ready for the next disaster.
To add your gift to the statewide effort to meet long-term needs for tornado recovery, make a gift today on-line to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation.