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During the afternoon hours of Thursday, March 25, 2021, two dangerous storms moved through Shelby County and caused severe damage in numerous areas.
Deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to several areas in the northern part of Shelby County after the first storm and the Columbiana area after the second storm. Deputies assisted other first responders in conducting a primary and secondary search for citizens who may have been trapped in their homes.
We encourage everyone to avoid damaged areas so that first-responders can work safely and allow residents to begin the process of recovering from these storms. Some of the most damaged areas of unincorporated Shelby County were in the Eagle Point Subdivision, subdivisions along Highway 41 (Dunnavant Valley Road), subdivisions along Hwy 119 (Cahaba Valley Rd) near Heardmont Park, and homes along Highway 30 just outside of the City of Columbiana. At this time, no fatalities have been reported in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County; however, many residents have been displaced from their homes due to the damage caused by the storms.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated “Today was a tragic day for Shelby County. We are here to support all of our citizens and the many other Shelby County municipalities who were also severely impacted by the storms. In the aftermath of these storms, we have seen the best of Shelby County. Neighbors helping neighbors. Businesses and kind citizens reaching out with donations of food and supplies. We will continue to canvass the county throughout the night to provide assistance as needed.”
If you have been displaced by the storms, you may contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for assistance.