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On Thursday, March 25, 2021 two large tornados impacted Shelby County at different points throughout the day. These tornados caused catastrophic damage to multiple neighborhoods and businesses countywide...
Update to Storm Damage Press Release 3/26/2021 11:35AM
On Thursday, March 25, 2021 two large tornados impacted Shelby County at different points throughout the day. These tornados caused catastrophic damage to multiple neighborhoods and businesses countywide.
Resources throughout the county are working diligently to create an accurate assessment of the damage. As of this morning, the following damage has been reported to the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency for our area. These numbers are expected to grow throughout the day:
-No reported fatalities.
-7 people were injured and treated.
-Between 30 to 50 homes have been damaged in the Pelham area.
-At least 12 homes have been damaged in the Helena area.
-In Northern Shelby County along the Highway 280 and Highway 41 corridors, 57 homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged, and 279 homes have either moderate or light damage.
-Homes have also been damaged or destroyed in the Calera and Columbiana areas. There is currently no assessment data for these areas.
Highway 119 (Cahaba Valley Road) is currently closed in both directions between Caldwell Mill Road and Cahaba Valley Trace (County Road 14). Please use alternate routes to avoid this area while crews work to clear debris and power lines. This roadway is expected to be closed most of the day.
Multiple donation centers have been established throughout the county. Please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyCounty.Sheriff for these locations. Our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor will be updated throughout the day with information on road closures, donation locations, and other relevant information.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego commented on the damage this morning, stating, “These storms have caused a tremendous amount of property damage in Shelby County and around the entire State of Alabama. We are thankful that we have no reported fatalities in our county at the moment, and we pray that number does not change. My heart goes out to all of those effected by this natural disaster, and I want everyone to know that our office is working around the clock with other agencies and volunteers to assist with damage control, recovery, and the protection of damaged areas.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that citizens avoid the recovery areas so that work crews and emergency workers can easily access these areas without having to manage heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic. If you would like to help, please consider donating supplies to the verified collection locations posted on our social media pages instead of coming to these disaster areas in person, unless you are specifically called on by a homeowner for aid. Local churches and volunteer organizations are working to create lists of volunteers that may be used for coordinated efforts in the future.
If you or someone you know has been affected by these storms and is in need of temporary housing, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).