Tornado update, relief efforts

Tornado update, relief efforts

By Denise DuBois

Tornados hit Lee County Sunday afternoon. Multiple fatalities have been reported. We will keep you updated over the next few days.

From the Lee County Sheriff’s Office:

Storm Update-Emergency Personnel and Road Closures

All emergency personnel, search and rescue and recovery teams should meet at Sanford Middle School (1500 Lee Rd 11 Opelika, AL) for briefing and assignments. Any displaced families or those looking for loved ones can go to Providence Baptist Church (2807 Lee Rd 166 Opelika, AL), Red Cross will also be located here. Any media is directed to go to Beauregard High School (7343 Alabama Highway 51 Opelika, AL). Missing persons can be reported to: or call 334-749-5651(Lee County Sheriff’s Office) The following roads are closed: Highway 51 from Lee Rd 42 to Lee Rd 39(diversions are set up at Hwy 51 and LR 11, hwy 51 and LR 44, Hwy 51 and Hwy 280.) Lee Rd 38, Lee Rd 39, Lee Rd 721, Lee Rd 294, Lee Rd 293. Property damage reporting should be done directly to your insurance company. Non-urgent reports can be made online at

Smiths Station Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland:

Like others in our county and surrounding area, today’s severe weather and tornadic activity made an impact on the lives of citizens in the City of Smiths Station. Storm damage has resulted in the closure of Lee roads 294 and 295, damage along Lee Road 430 in downtown Smiths Station and left several families in our city homeless. We will be unable to utilize citizen assistance until the Red Cross has come and assessed the situation. Once that process is completed, however, we will rely heavily on volunteers to assist us with relief. We grieve and extend our condolences to those in Beauregard and other portions of Lee County who were injured or lost their lives.

For missing persons:

In Lee County, for missing persons or disaster relief, visit Lee County Emergency Management Services

In Talbot County, here are the Talbot County emergency management contacts

In Russell County, visit the Alabama Emergency Management Agency for Russell County for contacts

In Harris County, visit the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for contacts

In Columbus, visit the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for contacts

For assistance or to volunteer to help, contact the Red Cross of West Central Georgia

Areas of Help:

The Farm at Rocky Top wants to help. If anyone knows of a family whose house was destroyed this afternoon by the tornado and needs a place to stay for a few days please call Jan Lawrence 334-559-5567.

Providence Baptist Church, 2807 Lee Road 166 (31.05 km)

36804 Opelika. The Red Cross is set up at the West Campus. Food and water available. They are also feeding first responders.

The Village Foster Care and Adoptive Ministry, 9209 Lee Road 246 (6.26 km)

36877 Smiths Station

The Village will be collecting items to transport to affected neighborhoods and Red Cross shelter locations.

We could use –




Bottled water


Baby food



Toddler sippy cups

Lysol wipes




Sleeping bags




Please drop off any donations today from 9-3 ET or Tuesday from 11-3 ET.

Opelika Animal Hospital is boarding displaced pets for free.

Cluck-It Bucket in Smiths Station is offering free meals today for first responders.



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