Some local damage from last week’s storms leaves homeowners cleaning up

LAWRENCE COUNTY – The recent storms that have ripped through Lawrence County over the past week have left fallen trees, and damages to homes.

Interior damage to the home

Lawrence County Resident Alicia Bunch learned firsthand about how quickly things can go from a regular storm, to cleaning up.

“With the high winds blowing through the area, we heard a tree fall in the woods behind the house. When that happened, the anxiety built in on the possibility to having an issue, but not like this,” said Bunch. “At 2:00 a.m. I heard a loud bang, so I went to look and there was a tree in my living room.”

The tree that fell on the home

There is a lot of work to be done before the house is back to normal, and Bunch knows it will take some effort to get things fixed.

“Our baby is at the in-law’s house until we can clean the mess up. I have a cousin who is helping clean up the mess, he helped get the tree out of the way and is working on fixing the roof and shingles,” Bunch said. “There is still a lot to be done in terms of fixing the trusses that were damaged, the drywall, and the insulation, but we are glad that everyone is okay.”

Having the help to fix the issues is a blessing, but Bunch knows they could have been better prepared to avoid a situation like this.

“If we had homeowners insurance, we wouldn’t have to worry about anything,” Bunch Said. “The American Red Cross gave us a $500 gift card for groceries and essentials, but we have to fix this by ourselves. You never know when this could happen, and it happened to us.”