April 27th, 2011

Concord 1

Concord 1

 

Some events etch such a memory into our brains that we sometimes just refer to them by the date that they occurred such as December 7, June 6, or 9-11. When you hear these dates you immediately have a mental picture of the event.

 

Concord 2

Concord 2

 

For many people April 27, 2011 is a date that will be etched into their memory for years to come.  This was the day that the National Weather Service confirmed 358 tornadoes in 21 states.

 

Concord 3

Concord 3

 

These occurred from Texas to New York and even some isolated tornadoes in Canada. As a result 346 people lost their lives, 239 of these were in Alabama alone.

 

Concord 4

Concord 4

 

One community that was devastated from an F5 tornado was Concord. The pictures here were taken as volunteers from our church attempted to help clean up debris from one family’s yard.

 

Concord 5

Concord 5

 

Today is the anniversary of that nightmare and I decided to visit it again on the way home from work.

 

Concord one year later 1

Concord one year later 1

 

I found that some areas hadn’t changed, but much of the debris has been cleared.

 

Concord one year later 2

Concord one year later 2

 

The houses where we worked are now gone and only the slabs remain. Still, others in the neighborhood have chosen to rebuild.

 

The family who we help in Concord

The family who we help in Concord

 

Then we have to remember, it not really about buildings, its about people, and while many people have recovered, many more have not, but all of them still have scars.

 

 

14 Comments

  1. DaniLew April 28, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Wow, powerful storytelling images. Well told.

    • Phillip April 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      Thank you Danielle. There are so many communities just like Concord all over the state. It is a long process for those affected by those storms.

  2. Marc April 29, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Some powerful imagery Phillip. Great post.

    • Phillip April 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks Marc. The thought that was the toughest was that my friends and I returned to our homes and orderly lives that evening, many did not.

  3. Len Saltiel April 30, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    Many of us are not touched by these type of disasters Phillip. We often just see them on the news and forget about them when the next ones hits. Thanks for remembering.

    • Phillip April 30, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      I’m so thankful that our family has never been hit by an tornado, although we’ve all have repeatedly gotten into our “safe place” over the years. I can only image what so many people have gone through. Thanks for dropping by Len and leaving your kind comments.

  4. deniseippolito May 3, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    Phillip, you really did a great job telling the story with the images.

  5. Edith Levy May 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Phillip this is really a wonderful post and some incredible images. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Otto von Münchow May 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    So much devastation you have captured in the first series of picture. And yet you bring some hope in the series of the year after, even though many people still haven’t recovered fully. This is a very strong documentation with excellent pictures that really touches me as a viewer.

    • Phillip May 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you Otto for the wonderful comment. I appreciate it.

  7. Andrew Graeme Gould May 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Very well documented in this series, Phillip. I hope all is fine now with the people there.

    • Phillip May 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you Andrew. Sadly, a year later, and not all is well. Just yesterday I was visiting the Tuscaloosa area, and saw places that look as though they were destroy a month ago. It going to take time.

      • Andrew Graeme Gould May 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

        I’m sorry to hear that, Phillip. I suppose it takes a lot of time after a disaster like that. All the best…

        • Phillip May 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

          I guess so. I feel for them and hope for the best.

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