Wetumpka and Eclectic tornado victims disaster relief fund center

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WETUMPKA – The Elmore County Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to help victims of the April 5 tornado that struck near Wetumpka and Eclectic.

Donations are tax-deductible and all money raised is given to residents who suffered property damage due to the storm, District Judge Glenn Goggans said.

“We’ve distributed between $1,000 and $2,500 to each family in the past,” he said. “It’s not a lot, but it helps. If someone doesn’t have insurance, any amount helps. For those who have insurance, it can help offset the cost of deductibles.”

The fund was created after the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that saw dozens of tornadoes hit the state. A powerful EF4 tornado with winds of up to 170 miles per hour struck near Eclectic that day, causing extensive damage and four deaths.

Workers work to clear Firetower Road of downed trees after a storm blew through the area near Wetumpka, Alabama on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

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The fund has remained open since then and has been used to help victims of other storms, including the 2019 tornado that hit downtown Wetumpka.

More than $400,000 has been disbursed since 2011, Goggans said.

“If we have money left after a storm, we keep it in the fund for next time,” he said. “There is money in the fund, but we need donations to help those who were damaged in this tornado.”

Wetumpka Police block Jasmine Hill Road at Old Montgomery Highway as crews clear several downed trees and power lines in the area after a storm blew through Wetumpka, Alabama on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

The April 5 tornado was declared an EF1 with winds of up to 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham. The storm rolled in south of Wetumpka and caused approximately four miles of damage. It dissipated and then touched down again near Eclectic with a track of about seven miles.

About 25 homes were damaged and there are 50 other reports of property damage, said Keith Barnett of the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency.

Donations can be made at First Community Bank of Central Alabama branches in Wetumpka, Prattville, Millbrook, Eclectic and Holtville. Donations can also be mailed to the bank’s headquarters at 715 Wilson St., Wetumpka, Ala.,36092.

Donations can also be made through the Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) and donations can be made online at cacfinfo.org and directed to the Elmore County Disaster Relief Fund.

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Downed trees block Firetower Road after a storm ripped through the area near Wetumpka, Alabama on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

The local EMA office handles requests for assistance. Go to the agency’s website, www.elmorecoema.com, and under What’s Trending an app can be downloaded. Nominations can be made by emailing [email protected] or by sending the nomination request to PO Box 1060, Wetumpka, Ala. 36092.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Marty Roney at [email protected]


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