Tornado victims stuck in uninhabitable homes

9:05 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Tornado in Adairsville. (Courtesy Breanna Barfield)

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. --"I saw roofs blowing away. And I was trying to protect myself." Viola Hall is communicating in sign language. She can't hear or speak, but Hall sure saw the tornado that ripped through her community Wednesday.

"It happened so quick. I was really worried about my house and about my family and it scared me to death," Hall said. She was across town when the tornado toppled a tree into her 12 year old son's bedroom.

The roof over the room is destroyed. But the family still lives in the home, a single-wide in a heavily-damaged community called Adairsville Trailer Park.

"Tore it up pretty good," says Hall's common-law husband, Randy Cantrell. "Right this minute I ain't got nowhere to go." Cantrell says he has no homeowner's insurance.

Randy Cantrell and Viola Hall have two children living in the 40 year old mobile home. Donors have provided heaters and food and clothing. Staff at the children's school told 11 Alive's help desk about their living quarters.

The help desk called the Red Cross, which has volunteers stationed in Adairsville and Calhoun. The Red Cross sent a pair of volunteers to the Cantrell home Tuesday.  Volunteers say the Cantrell family has company.  There are other tornado victims  living in homes deemed uninhabitable, though no data was available Tuesday.

The Adairsville Red Cross location is at the Manning Mill Youth Center. The Calhoun location is the Sonoraville Recreation Center. They're open from noon until 7-pm.
Phone is 404-870-4440.

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