Storms in Gadsden destroy old, unique trees

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Many in Etowah County have a lot to clean up Friday morning after the evening storms. Powerful thunderstorm winds, quarter size hail, and heavy rains pounded the area. A 150 foot tall sycamore was no match for those winds.

Bibb Holland narrowly escaped a tree from crushing her home. Bibb described the moments leading up to the tree falling, “I was in the back of my house on the phone with my mom…and I heard it fall you could tell it was a tree. So I got off the phone with her and came up and the wind was still whipping around like crazy then but I came up and saw all the damage.”

Bibb’s neighbor, Michelle Reed, who lives just a few blocks away wasn’t so lucky. “I was taking the dogs out and realized I couldn’t get out because the limbs were laying there,” Michelle said, “so I took them up and saw I couldn’t get out the side door because limbs were there too so I went into a little bit of a panic and saw this [tree].”

Two of these neighbors had one thing in common. These trees had a special spot in their hearts. Randy Holland remembers a unique feature about the tree that fell in his yard, “There were initials carved in that tree 50 plus years ago with hearts. Boyfriend/girlfriend initials so it was really neat. So I called one of the kids and she said, “oh it’s the one with the initials” so she was upset it was something she remembered from her childhood.”

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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