SIKESVILLE - On March 25, the unthinkable happened in Clay and Randolph counties. A large tornado formed in Tallapoosa County and roared through parts of Clay and Randolph counties, destroying homes, businesses and two volunteer fire departments.
Corinth and County Line volunteer fire departments suffered the most damage with loss of their buildings, trucks and equipment. As most people know in Randolph County when the worst hits, the best comes out. At County Line Volunteer Fire Department, the building was gone and they didn't even have a truck that wasn't damaged. Volunteers from all over the country sent equipment, and Cliffwood Fire Department in New Jersey donated a truck.
On Saturday, the department members celebrated their new building and refurbished trucks. The theme for the day was on each members' T-shirt, "The outcome is always better than the setback."
Visitors enjoyed seeing the new building and a fried catfish lunch prepared by the members. County Line has mutual aid with other fire departments in Randolph County, Corinth and Wadley.
Even though the damage from the tornado can still be seen all over the area, volunteers continue to work together to rebuild, and cleanup of trees and debris is continuing through funds provided by FEMA.