WETUMPKA, Ala. (WALA) - It’s hard to imagine waking up to a scene of destruction like this. Where do you even start?
For many residents of Wetumpka, that's the question they have to deal with after a tornado tore through the center of town
Marlene Goodman, a local resident, had prepared to have fellowship brunch today. Instead, she’s seeing for herself the damage to her First Presbyterian Church the morning after a tornado ripped through Wetumpka.
“I decided to come down here and see what she meant by flattened," Goodman said. "And it’s flattened. It’s so sad. Our beautiful little church. It was the prettiest little church.”
Standing for over 150 years, the church survived through many previous weather events. But this tornado brought all those years of history tumbling to the ground. The center of Wetumpka took the hardest hit, with many businesses completely destroyed.
Ann Hawk takes her first look at the destruction and can’t believe the sight of her beloved town now just a pile of ruins.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen here," Hawk said. “It’s pretty devastating. I could barely get through.”
With the help of many volunteers, streets have been cleared, yet there’s still plenty of areas that haven’t even been touched. But that’s not a problem for many locals.
As for Goodman, she has a positive outlook for the future. “Well, we’re just gonna have to roll up our sleeves and get busy," Goodman said.
And as the cleanup gets underway and the rebuilding begins, it’s going to take a little while, but things will eventually return to normal here in Wetumpka.