29 structures destroyed in Etowah Co. tornado

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – Officials in Etowah County held a press conference Thursday to discuss the damage sustained in the county as a result of Monday’s storms.

In all, 61 structures were affected by the storms but are still habitable. Nineteen homes sustained minor and 11 have major damage.

Officials say 29 structures were destroyed.

The Etowah County engineer asks that all debris be kept off the road so it doesn’t hinder response crews.

Anyone in the county who feels as if they have not been helped should call the Etowah-Cherokee Red Cross.

The principal of Sardis High School says around 25 students were impacted by the storm.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the restricted area will remain in place until Sunday night,

“This is not a place to come up here and sightsee,” Entrekin said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scheduled to arrive in the Smith Institute area sometime next week.

CBS42 has a crew in Etowah County and will have a full report on CBS42 News at 5, 6 and 10.

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