North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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April 30, 2014

Updated: EF-1 tornado confirmed in Kimberly, causing heavy damage

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KIMBERLY —

Next to the fire station is Kimberly City Hall, which suffered roof damage and downed trees. 

Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said it is not clear when the town hall will be open for business since most of the city is without electricity. 

Ellerbrock said the good news from the storm is that there were no deaths or serious injuries in Kimberly. The National Weather Service reported four minor injuries.

The storm continued on to North Jefferson Middle School, where it ripped out a corner of the gym’s roof, leaving a gaping hole that let in a significant amount of rain water. Strong wind also damaged several doors, warping the metal frames. 

The school’s gym floor was flooded Tuesday morning, as was the lobby area and front offices. 

The entrance to the school was blocked with fallen trees, but teachers and coaches from Mortimer Jordan High School, Corner High School and North Jefferson Middle School, along with a street crew from the city of Warrior, used chainsaws to remove the debris. 

Also, faculty from other schools, including principals Laura Ware of Snow Rogers Elementary and Debra Campbell of Bryan Elementary, were on site Tuesday morning to help move frozen food from North Jefferson Middle to Mortimer Jordan High School so it would not ruin. 

Across the road from North Jefferson Middle School, numerous houses in the Doss Ferry subdivision also had significant roof damage. Other houses throughout Kimberly were also damaged by wind, trees or debris. 

There was also scattered damage in other parts of north Jefferson County. The roof was ripped off the Mt. Olive Grocery gas station and there was damage to other structures in the area. 

The community spirit was alive and well in Kimberly Tuesday, despite the heavy damage inflicted by the storm. 

Many volunteers were on hand; chainsaws made up the background music of the city as people cleared roads and removed trees from houses. 

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