Strong winds from Thursday night's storms knocked trees onto several homes in Ensley. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video
Ronnie Williams' lives at a home that was damaged by a falling tree. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Some homeowners in the Ensley area are questioning where they will live after trees ripped holes in their roofs.
"A boom. I asked my husband, ‘What was that?'" Ronnie Williams said.
Ronnie Williams and her husband hid in a closet during the storm. When they came out they discovered tremendous winds blew down a tree on their home, ripping a hole in the roof making it temporarily unlivable.
"Right now the Red Cross is helping us for three days and after three days I don't know what we are going to do. Just got to see if we can find somewhere else," Williams said.
The Williams did not have any insurance. A church group has volunteered to remove the tree from their home. Members of the Southern Baptist Association also came to the area to offer assistance.
An abandoned home next to Williams was destroyed.
Down the street lives Louis Williams, no relation to Ronnie Williams.
"I heard the wind blowing and the notice the whole house shaking. Just ‘wooooo,'" Williams described.
A tree also hit Williams' home. The good news for Williams is that he has insurance.
"Like my mother said years ago, its best to have insurance and not use it than to need it and not have it," Williams said.
While people here on this street are struggling to recover from the storm, many remain thankful no one was injured.
"That's a blessing right there and I thank God we made it through safe. That's a blessing right there," Ronnie Williams said.