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Bentley visits Rehobeth following fatal storms

Brandon Moseley

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

REHOBETH—Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) visited Rehobeth where four people were killed as Monday night’s storms swept across Alabama.

Bentley said on Twitter, “At the EOC in Rehobeth. Grateful for the hard work of the State and Local EMA’s working now to help these communities recover… Appreciate all those in Houston County who have worked day & night after the deadly storms. The devastation is heartbreaking. God bless these families in Rehobeth who lost their loved ones. We will work to make sure our people & this close-knit community recover.”

Four people lost their lives after a tree fell on their mobile home as severe weather swept across the South. In Florida, a 70-year-old man died as flood waters swept over his travel trailer.

Rehobeth Baptist Church suffered severe damage when the passing storm caused an electrical fire. The storm also knocked down trees and power lines closing roads. Three inches of rain caused flash flooding throughout the area.

The four deaths occurred in a mobile home on Leonard Drive in Rehobeth. Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd reported that the fatalities included Carla Lambert, Terina Brookshire, Ramona Michelle Lewis and Amanda Blair.

Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said that there were seven people inside the home when the storm struck. Since World War II, tornadoes have killed more people in Alabama than in any other state.

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with six and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook.

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