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Richards family survives tornado in Cahaba Heights

Here is our story from Cahaba Heights....mild compared to many i am sure you received....we were very blessed. (source Brett and Kelly Richards) Here is our story from Cahaba Heights....mild compared to many i am sure you received....we were very blessed. (source Brett and Kelly Richards)
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The following story was emailed to FOX6 News at stormstories@wbrc.com:

 

From: Brett and Kelly Richards

...here is our story from Cahaba Heights....mild compared to many i am sure you received....we were very blessed....we live off East Street...directly in the path of the tornado, but we were mostly spared....

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April 27th

 

5:18am – Sirens begin going off at our home in Cahaba Heights…I was already awake, about to walk out the door to work. Turn on tv to see that the tornado approaching was projected well north of us…no big deal.

 

5:22am – Woke my husband Brett to make him aware….yes, he was sleeping through the sirens…as were the kids…I told him the situation but that we should have nothing to worry about…

 

5:38 am – Clock into work, report to my desk to find out the hospital is under a code yellow active (tornado)…as people start arriving to work I realize another tornado has spawned and it was heading straight for my neighborhood…

 

5:45am – Start frantically calling my house and Brett's cell to make sure he and the kids were awake…after several failed attempts he called back to let me know they were all awake and in the bathroom…between keeping everything in order at work and maintaining my patient's & their families safety, I was on & off the phone with Brett and the kids….

 

5:50am – F2 tornado begins its destruction…Brett's words to me at this point…."Kelly it sounds like a freight train is coming!"….I can hear the kids in the background…my son Grant crying, calling my name…I speak with my daughter Audrey, trying to stay up beat and tell her I love her & to have "fun" camping out in the tub for a little while…

 

6:00am – It's over. Longest 10 minutes of my life ever. Brett calls back to start the damage report. But he called back. And I talked to my children. Everyone was safe. THAT was all that mattered. Trees gone…Power ripped off our house…gas tank strewn into our yard…it would be 8 hours before I wrapped my arms around my husband and 9 before my children….April 27th is a day I, and all of Alabama, will NEVER forget…

 

….We had no idea that our F2 tornado would be the beginning of the most devastating day in Alabama weather history…the lives lost…the homes imploded…the destruction….the trees amputated & decapitated…it was a war zone from  Pickens County to Jackson County to Elmore County to Madison County….our state was attacked….but WE ARE ALABAMA and we are fighting back!

 

The outpouring of love, blessings, prayer, volunteers, support & community has been amazing….It will be a long road ahead of us but we will get through….the opportunities to serve will grow….the stories are still pouring out….unfortunately the list of missing is long and the toll of those passed is rising…and even today as I drove through our community of Cahaba Heights I am reminded again of the amount of devastation and displacement….it is unfathomable…..Sunday afternoon driving through town Audrey said quietly from the back seat, "mommy, I just can't look at it anymore."….oh from the mouths of babes!

 

And we don't want to look….we want it all to go away….wake tomorrow like Dorothy and realize it was all a dream…but we can't and we won't….we will dig into those communities needing help with our heels & hands….we will gather supplies….donate money…donate our time….do everything we can to restore Alabama to the great state that we have all known and loved…..Sweet Home Alabama…



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