Families band together after tornado

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Twisted wreckage is left in Aliceville one day after an EF-2 tornado uprooted the West Alabama community.

“I saw several homes that were totally destroyed and severely damaged throughout this area,” said C.L. Bishop.

The damage included a home where the steps were caved in, a car was impaled by a tree and a leaking roof that needed fixing, which was being done by Bishop.

“Actually this is my sister and brother in-law’s home, I was just trying to cover up everything to keep it from raining inside and protect the inside until it can be completely redone,” said Bishop.

His family is said to be in great spirits – relying heavily on the Lord’s grace that they were spared, “they’re looking at the bright side, they’re looking at the fact that they are alive and well,” Bishop said. “They’re glad they weren’t here when it happened.”

But just down the road in McMullen and the town of Sapp, there was a much different, harsher reality of the tornado’s damage – almost like a war zone.

But as people in tragedies do, they picked up one another when they needed them most.

“It’s touching that I’m just able to be a blessing, just trying to be a blessing, that’s it,” said Bishop.

Alabama Power said the plan is to have power restored by Wednesday night.

Copyright 2016 WIAT CBS 42

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