Cleanup continues after homes damaged during severe weather in Bertie County

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 07:21:43-04

BERTIE Co., N.C. - In Bertie County, North Carolina, the cleanup continues after early morning severe weather left a deadly impact.

According to Bertie County officials, two adults, one man and one woman, are dead. They added all children believed to be missing are now accounted for and safe.

Many homes, including some on Woodard Road, were damaged.

Fannie Williams has been through named storms before living on Woodard Road. But this week was different.

“It was so quick,” Williams said. “This was just like all of a sudden. You could hear everything snapping, breaking, trees coming down, [a] picnic table trying to go through the window.”

When daylight came, she saw damage and debris all around her property and others nearby.

“It was just unbelievable. It was sad,” Williams said.

Up and down the street, you’d see downed trees and power lines across streets and properties.

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County officials said tornadoes ripped through a nearby mobile home park.

Next door to Fannie, her father, George Gillian, recalls getting up and going to the bathroom during the storm.

A trip, he believes, that possibly saved his life.

“I may not have been here,” Gillian told News 3. “I said, 'Something hit the house,' and I got up and opened the door, there was a tree laying right in the bed.”

He had been laying there just minutes before the tree came through.

“I just said thank God it didn't get me,” he said.

Bertie County officials tell News 3 it's unknown exactly how many homes were damaged.

They said search and rescue missions have become a recovery mission, meaning moving out state and visiting task force teams and having local volunteers and church organizations help families most impacted with donations, hotels or any other immediate needs.

As for Williams, she believes banding together is most important right now.

“We have to just stand together, be there for each other, and help each other as we go along because that's what it takes,” she said.

Bertie County officials said monetary donations are being accepted at ATTN: Cedar Landing Tornado, PO Box 530, Windsor, N.C. 27983.

If you are displaced from Isaias, want to inquire about monetary donations or submit a damage assessment request, you can call (252) 794-6144.

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