DOT, community cleaning after tornado damages Edgefield County

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Crews are cleaning up across the river region today after two tornadoes hit the area.

The Department of Transportation is at places like Martintown Road to clear trees and limbs from the highway. Small sections of Martintown Road will be down to one lane while they clean up.

"Now it's just clean up the mess,” sighed Jennifer Ammons.

Jennifer Ammons and her daughter are cleaning up the damage in their front yard.

"We've cleaned up that side of the yard already, most of it but I noticed all of the trees were topped out and this tree was completely uprooted,” said Ammons.

Red Cross was out assessing the damage.

"I believe this area here was hit the worst from what I could tell," said Dale Couch, a shelter supervisor, and damage assessor.

"In a way, we're kind of lucky it went through a fairly sparsely populated path," said John Madrid, the Aiken Red Cross Disaster Program manager.

Some areas were left untouched while others felt the wrath of the tornado.

"I cannot believe it didn't hit our house it's just an absolute miracle," said Ammons.

A lot of Jennifer’s trees didn't stand a chance.

"We've got almost 3 acres and it's just everywhere you look, there's a snapped tree. This is worse than the ice storm," said Ammons.

Her son's car was shown no mercy. A tree didn't just fall on top of it but through it.

"It just picked it up and threw it. It sounded just like a train just going 80 miles an hour down a train track,” said Ammons.

Other homeowners are raking up the debris as Red Cross offers help.

“We can provide some financial assistance for housing repairs, sometimes temporary lodging if their home is badly damaged or destroyed," said Madrid.