Storm cleanup continuing in Quincy with long road to recovery in sight

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 12, 2019

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's been a little over a week since tornadoes ripped through parts of South Georgia and the Big Bend, leaving behind devastation. While many residents have begun repairs, severe damage is still prevalent around the hardest-hit areas.

"I heard it coming," said Quincy resident Calvin Turner. "I just heard a rumble."

After all of the rumbling, Turner couldn't believe his eyes once he was able to see in the daylight the next morning.

"I knew it was a tornado. I knew that because it just went through the place. Trees falling behind the house and over there at the funeral home, all that damage over there," he showed.

The funeral home across from Turner's house on Pat Thomas Parkway sustained a lot of damage; structures on the property were demolished and vehicles were crushed.

Turner and his wife consider their tarped roof, broken window and shattered sky light to be minor compared to their neighbors. They say many in the area are now displaced from their homes.

"They've already taken down one of the trailers that was destroyed," Turner's wife, Demeka, said.

Behind the Turner's home is cleared land from the trailers and storm debris. The mobile homes that are still standing are visibly damaged with piles of cut or broken trees everywhere.

Demeka says some of their neighbors were trapped the night of the storm.

"The trees were blocked," she said. "We had to try to find a way to get to our neighbor's houses and everything. We were blessed. It was a scary situation, one that I hope I don't have to go through again."

"It just passed over us," Calvin added. "It tore stuff down behind us, but it passed over us. I thank God for that."

Residents say workers have been cleaning and repairing around the clock. They're grateful for the progress that has been made over the past week.

"It's a work in progress," Demeka said, "But, everybody's making an effort to help everyone."

Residents say the sheriff and county officials have helped a great deal since the storm. They say roads were being cleared and tarps were going up the very night it hit.

Residents say they're also grateful for the American Red Cross.

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