May 14, 2011 11:31 PM by Chris Welty
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - The first families began moving
Saturday into new white FEMA trailers set up for tornado victims on
U.S. 43 in Franklin County, near the storm-ravaged towns of Phil
Campbell and Hackleburg.
Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said five
families were moving Saturday into new trailers supplied by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The first to move in was single mother Savannah Winney and her
2-year-old daughter, Kaylee. She is more than seven months
pregnant. She said doctors have said that her baby would be born
with a heart condition and need surgery.
Winney said the trailer is brand new and furnished with
everything she and Kaylee need.
"It is remarkable. Everything in it is brand new. You can smell
the new," Winney said in a telephone interview with The Associated
Press. By FEMA rules, Winney can live in the trailer rent-free for
up to 18 months. She said the only thing she will have to pay is
the power bill.
Winney calls her new home "awesome." It was one of 11 new
trailers that were moved Monday to the site of a former mobile home
park in the Liberty Hill community. FEMA officials said the
three-bedroom trailers are furnished and are being made available
to families that lost their homes in April 27 storms that caused
deaths and heavy damage across Alabama. The storms wiped out much
of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg.
Winney and her daughter were living in a public housing complex
in Phil Campbell on Feb. 27 when the tornadoes hit. She said they
climbed into a closet after they saw a huge black cloud "with
debris floating in it." Crouched in that dark closet, clutching
Kaylee, she said she could hear the storm tearing her home apart.
"It was the most terrible thing I have ever heard," Winney
When the storm ended, she said she discovered her home was
mostly gone, but her first thought was "thank you God. Me and my
daughter are still alive."
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