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East Alabama families work to rebuild after the tornado

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Lee County, Al. - Families across East Alabama are working to get their lives back to normal after a devastating tornado. Many of those families are already working with insurance adjusters to start filing claims. We're on your side with what steps you should take if you find yourself in the midst of a tornado's aftermath.

"Are you sad? No. We have have been dead. I'm not sad," said homeowner Lillian Baker.

Neighborhoods were flattened. Cars were destroyed. Families across East Alabama worked to pick up the pieces and get back to normal once again. Lillian Baker is one of the homeowners. She's lived in her Crawford neighborhood for 30 years. When the tornado hit, there was substantial damage to her home.

"We covered up. By that time the roof of the house was taken off and then we heard another blast. The second part of the house was taken off," said Lillian Baker.

Baker was working with her family Wednesday afternoon to salvage what they could and try to make a list of their possessions. It's an important step insurance representatives say you need to take when you're in the process of filing a claim. Harold Britt has already had insurance adjusters look at his damage. His camper was picked up by the strong winds and dumped onto his newly paid off pick up truck.

"He surveyed everything and said do what you gotta to do get it straight. So that's what we're doing one step at a time," said Britt.

Another insurance tip, you can make temporary repairs that will prevent further damage like putting a tarp over a damaged roof. Make sure to keep your receipts. Even if your home was not damaged this time around, it is the beginning of storm season. Insurance representatives suggest you meet with your local agents to make sure all of your valuables are covered. Start making that itemized list of possessions that will be crucial if you do face damage.

There have been more than 2,000 home and auto claims so far across the state of Alabama.

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