What appears to have been a massive EF4 tornado ripped the Beauregard community in Lee County on Sunday and Alexander City jumped in right away to help.
The estimated 170 mph winds had barely moved away when the Alexander City/Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad was called on to help with recovery efforts Sunday afternoon and the Lake Martin Area United Way began collecting donations. You can bet local churches are already putting together plans to bring relief to a county that suffered at least 23 deaths as a result of the twister.
This isn’t unusual. The Tallapoosa, Coosa and Elmore county areas are known for giving, compassionate people.
At least three children were killed, according to county coroner Bill Harris, which makes the disaster all the more tragic. He said the children were ages 6, 9 and 10.
The Alexander City/Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad was helping the Lee County coroner with manpower Sunday and Monday and planned to return to the stricken area today.
After powerful storms take such a heavy toll on life and property, it’s often asked why God allows such things to happen. What should be noted is the way people rise to the occasion and help one another in times of trial.
We don’t know why loved ones are taken, especially children. It’s a question that always haunts those affected for the rest of their lives. All that can be done is to bind up the wounds and heal, and strive to be as those children were — full of life and promise.
Prayer is powerful and it does change things. The people of Lee County can use prayers now; ask God how you can help those who are suffering.