Update From JeffCo EMA

| January 23, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

The following is an update of critical information related to this morning’s tornado that affected several Jefferson County cities and communities:

Search and rescue operations were completed shortly after 3:00 p.m. today and EMA has shifted its operations completely to the recovery phase of this event.

Law enforcement is requesting that the public not re-enter affected areas during the overnight hours; this is for the safety of the public, as road crews and public works personnel continue to deal with downed power lines, fallen trees and debris in the effort to make roadways passable.

There have been two confirmed fatalities from the tornado.

Approximately 100 people were treated for injuries in the field, with 22 of those transported to local hospitals.
Damage assessment is ongoing. Preliminary figures indicate that approximately 500 homes were damaged to varying degrees. A total of 25 businesses have been identified as sustaining severe damage, and another 28 have sustained moderate damage. These figures may be revised as assessment continues.

Shelters are open at the following locations:

Bridgepoint Baptist Church
7400 Springville Rd., Pinson

Centerpoint Satellite Courthouse Annex (Services only)
2651 Center Point Parkway, Center Point

Clay Community Center
6745 Old Springville Rd., Clay

Clearview Baptist Church
5271 Old Springville Rd., Pinson

First Baptist Church
1945 Center Point Parkway, Center Point

North Park Baptist Church
5900 Deerfoot Parkway


Category: Severe Weather

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