TODAY’s Al Roker visits tornado damaged area in Alabama

TODAY’s Al Roker visits tornado damaged area in Alabama
Al Roker Lend a Hand (Source: NBC TODAY Show)

BEAUREGARD, AL (WSFA) - TODAY’s Al Roker reported live from Beauregard on Monday, speaking with families that were affected by the tornadoes that struck Lee County.

Roker shined a light on the tornado ravaged area and the community as they recover and rebuild. He arrived over the weekend and spent some time with two Lee County families who lost everything.

Beauregard resident Cindy Sanford says she and Roker talked about the disaster, the devastation and even her faith.

“You think about the lives that we’ve lost, you think about the homes that we’ve lost, it’s devastating because you’re having to pick yourself up, pick your things up, pick yourself up, and you have to go somewhere else,” said Sanford. “It’s not home. And there’s no place like home.”

Roker also spoke with resident LaShawn Wilson. Wilson says she can’t stop replaying in her mind the moment the tornado hit her home. She remembers her son saying he didn’t want to die.

“I said you pray your way through and I held his head close because I could see stuff flying,” Wilson said.

The Sanford and Wilson families were given campers on Monday as temporary spaces to live in on their own property until their homes can be rebuilt. A Walmart truck load of disaster relief supplies was also on site along with a chef to cook some special meals for them.

“It means everything. It gives me hope, it gives me hope that one day we’ll be back in our new home,” Wilson said.

Both families are currently living in apartments that were donated.

Roker’s visit is a part of TODAY’s Lend a Hand series. Previously, Roker and Lend a Hand have helped storm victims in Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Residents in Lee County are still recovering following the deadly March 3 tornadoes that left 23 dead. The Lee County EMA is asking for additional volunteers to help in the recovery process.

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