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Auburn Auxiliarists support Alabama storm response

posted May 12, 2011, 6:12 PM by Andrew Welch   [ updated May 12, 2011, 8:00 PM ]
Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Auburn University have spent recent days joining the response to storms, tornadoes, and flooding in their homestate.  Detachment Leader Jake Shaw offered this field report on May 7, 2011.

"We had a good day today working clean up along the Pace's Point Peninsula at Lake Martin. The Pace's Point Volunteer Fire Dept serves as the Command Center. People living in the area submitted and are continuing to submit a need for help.

"We worked two jobs today, first clearing a waterfront residence of fallen trees in the yard and on the cable line going to the house. That house itself was lucky not to be hit. The house next door was not so lucky.

"After finishing that job, we were asked to help clear a path for a trac-shovel trying to clear debris from the remains of a 18-wheeler, half a heating and air condition business, and salvage the contents of a trailer that held two girl's sewing supplies. The tornado blew all this stuff and more across the road and into the Maxwell Gunter Recreation Area. The attached pictures show Landon Elliott and JD DeCastra working to clear the path and hauling debris.

"There is plenty more work to do and the need is very great. We will be heading back to the Pace's Point VFD again on Monday and Tuesday."