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Sanford Middle School acts as a safe space for victims and families after tornado

LEE COUNTY, Ala. - Smith Station and Gwinnett county are just a few medical teams that responded to the tornado that left Lee county in complete devastation. Coroner Bill Harris says there will be teams throughout the state of Alabama working with Lee county all night. 

"I've called in the coroners from Tallapoosa county, Russell County, and Troup County out of Georgia some are already here to assist us through the night," Harris said.

Harris says he has a morgue trailer at Sanford Middle School as he expects the death toll to rise.

Right now, there are 23 fatalities and Harris says he expects that number to rise. The triage center is acting as a space for families to get a hot meal and to be examined by medical officials. William Letlow is the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief District four coordinator. He says his team has been working with families all day and their job is to remind the families to have faith.

"There's alot of grief I know what it is it's just hard for me to explain a lot of times they just need somebody to listen to them and that's why a chaplain is there," Letlow said.

Letlow says his team has shower units and are also providing food. Coroner Harris says the triage center will be open over night. 


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