Tornado victimized families still in need of help

Families impacted by the Feb. 17 tornado in southern Russell County are still in need of assistance.

Russell County Homeland Security director William Alexander said that while the community-wide relief effort to help the families has provided shelter and the basic necessities, there are other needs to be met.

"The (relief) fund has been set up and people are contributing to it," Alexander said. "They are getting furnishings. People are beginning to donate those. We've gotten a few calls from people last week who were interested in donating some items and I put them in contact."

But he said a woman on Gammage Road who is the primary caregiver to her wheelchair-bound mother needs help with her damaged roof.

"She has no insurance. Her furniture is OK and she has plastic over her roof," Alexander said, "but with storms continuing to come, the plastic is blown off. She's had to climb up to get it back up there and that's quite a job for her." He hopes to find a local roofer willing to donate time and materials to repair the roof. Individuals or organizations seeking to assist the families left homeless by the Feb. 17 tornado can make monetary donations to the Pittsview-Cottonton Relief Fund at the CB&T Bank of East Alabama in Phenix City.