Red Cross steps in following storms

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The Red Cross is stepping in to help Floyd County tornado victims who are cleaning up and looking for new places to live after their homes were damaged or destroyed.

Raymond Ratliff says he cannot live here anymore. Monday's EF-1 tornado in Teaberry tore apart his mobile home.

“It happened so fast you didn't know what was going on. We were inside, me and mother, and the wind just blew us from where we were and it started blowing everything around,” Ratliff said.

He and his mother were not hurt.

They feel lucky to have survived, but say the 90 mile an hour winds and rain damaged everything they own.

“It completely destroyed just about everything inside just about, knocked it off the foundation bowed the walls in, buckled the floors in,” Ratliff said.

His next door neighbor's mobile home is destroyed and the 100 downed trees damaged other homes in the nearly half-mile path the tornado took on Smokey Branch Road.

The Red Cross is helping the storm victims and put them in hotels temporarily.

“It's the worst feeling in the world not knowing where you're going to go back to,” Ratliff said.

The Big Sandy Red Cross Chapter is accepting donations to help the storm victims.

Ratliff says other agencies are planning to help them get a new home and belongings...which they hope comes soon.

The Red Cross is only accepting monetary donations.

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