Bluescope Plant Tornado Damage
Photo by Gabriel Shaverd
Rainsville Police Department
Michael Edmondson, Chief of Police
Marr Crum, Assistant Chief of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10:58 PM 12/29/2021
At approximately 8:28 PM on 12/29/2021 a significant storm hit the City of Rainsville, AL. Many areas of the city were damaged. First Responders were quick on seen. As of 10:58 PM on 12/29/2021 no injuries were reported from the storm to Rainsville Police Department. Areas most affected by the storm are as follows:
- 1000 Block of Kirk Rd near the Autumn Creek Subdivision; reported trees and powerlines down across roadway. Power is out in the area. At this time, it is unclear if damage to houses and property has occurred.
- The area of Kilgore St, Willingham St, Hodges St, and Church Ave North- Vehicles, Houses, Trees and powerlines all received significant damage.
- BlueScope Steel had significant damage to the roof and surrounding structures. Extra security added to the area. All damage hasn’t been surveyed.
Rainsville Police Department and Fire Department are still out at this time checking for damage and damage to property. Extra police units will be out throughout the night.
The storm shelter located at Plainview High School was unlocked at approximately 5:00 PM by an officer with Rainsville Police Department and the shelter was manned by an officer until approximately 10:15 PM.
The City of Rainsville would like to thank Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Dispatchers, Alabama State Troopers, Powell Police Department, Sylvania Police Department, Fyffe Police Department, Dekalb County Sheriffs Office, Dekalb County EMA, Dekalb County Baptist Disaster Relief, Shiloh Fire, Fyffe Fire.
Rainsville Police Department also would like to thank the quick response from the Sand Mtn Electric Co-Op and Farmers Telephone.
Amongst the chaos, there was great teamwork and we are so glad no one was injured.
An Update to this press release will be added tomorrow once the damage can be better assessed.