Augusta homeowners fear tornadoes after last year's tornado during master's week

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 12, 2010

AUGUSTA,Ga.--- Friday night's thunderstorms were not as strong as they have been in the CSRA in the past. Last year during Masters week, homes on Barton Chapel Road were damaged, many of them destroyed by a tornado.

It has been almost a year since that last tornado and some residents on Barton Chapel says it brings back unpleasant memories when there is just talk of rain.

Besides all the heavy rain and claps of thunder, Friday night's storm could have potentially been worse.

"Water is getting under my foundation but I can deal with that,"says an optimistic Jerome Sabb.

Mr. Sabb checks to see if there is any other damage to his home after a big downpour on Friday evening. He recalls the damage done during the last storm.

"We have still got to get some landscaping done to run the water off the proper way it's settling, back up on the property," he says.

It was almost a year ago in his subdivision on Primrose Drive in Augusta that a tornado whipped through. His next neighbor's house was destroyed completely. Now it's boarded up. Sabb remembers that storm as if it were yesterday.

"April of last year during the Masters Tournament a tornado came through Augusta," says Sabb. "That night, I came in about 10 o'clock and when the storm come through here, my wife got me out of the house."

Sabb's wife got him out just in time. A tree eventually fell on their house causing severe damage. Sabb was unable to live in his home for several months.

"Between September the 15th and the 20th, I was able to move back in my home, " he says.

Sabb says he was much luckier than some other people who live on the street - he says some insurance companies didn't come through. Other homeowners simply had to condemn their houses.
Sabb says he hopes his neighbors learned valuable lessons from the last big storm.

"I just hope we be better prepared if Augusta has any further storms in the area,"says Sabb.

There were no injuries in that storm from last year. Mr. Sabb says that one way that his neighborhood has prepared since that storm is that they have installed drainage units because there's such a serious problem with flooding. He says they still have that problem but it is not as bad now.


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