Updated: Monday, 11 Feb 2013, 6:09 PM CST
Published : Monday, 11 Feb 2013, 11:55 AM CST
CLARKE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - A twist of fate may have saved a family from tragedy in Sunday storms. A number of homes in the Salitpa community of Clarke County suffered major damage but there were no injuries.
One extended family, half a dozen homes, and a few seconds that turned everything upside down.
Storm surivivor, Norman Kinder, told us, "I went and got my grandbaby and we went to the bathroom and laid in the bathroom and just prayed man."
Everyone who lives in the community off Old Lock road in Salitpa is related. And all of their half-dozen homes were damaged by what was almost certainly a tornado. The most notable damage on the property is to a mobile home. It was lifted up and actually turned on its side. Fortunately though, no one was living in it at the time because the family was remodeling it.
SAVOR JOE CAIN?
And most of the other homes were unoccupied too because in a fortunate twist of fate most of the family had other plans last night.
Roy James told us, "We were at Mardi Gras. Most of us were at Mardi gras. My father-in-law he was at church."
The family returned home to a huge mess, and a difficult recovery, but they're getting help from dozens of friends. It's a true community effort
"Were real close," James said. "If something happens we all pull together as one as family. You can't describe how it feels to know you got family to help out."
DAMAGE IN ANTIOCH COMMUNITY
About ten miles away folks in the Antioch community were also cleaning up. Several homes Plenty of damage, but once again no injuries.
"Nobody's hurt that's the biggest thing," Larry Wallace told us in front of his damaged home.
With the extent of damage across the county that in itself is a blessing.
SERIOUS FLOODING STILL AN ISSUE
Some residents of Clarke County are facing another threat... heavy rain and flooding. Emergency officials say several roads are already impassable and water levels will likely continue to rise the next couple of days.