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Early County family loses home to EF-2 tornado Monday

"Everything can be replaced but life. It managed to make it."
Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:08:48-05

EARLY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Crews spent the day cleaning up after an EF-2 tornado tore through South Georgia Monday, leaving one family devastated after the storm destroyed their home.

In a South Georgia town, everyone is working around the clock to start the rebuilding process, helping one displaced family after an EF-2 Tornado tore through Damascus.

Among the damage, their single-family home, clothes, lawn equipment and a truck fill the family's yard.

"As I was coming home, it was kind of bad and rumbly, and by the time I got home I got a phone call and I just came to help my brother and sister-in-law out," said Chrisandra Cratic.

The family worked until 9:00 p.m. Monday night to collect items after it was safe, then came back out first thing in the morning.

"Just trying to get some of the things that they need, you know, and do a little cleanup," Cratic said. "Thank God everyone was safe."

The National Weather Service was in Damascus earlier Tuesday, confirming the destruction was caused by an EF-2 tornado.

And although this family may have lost their home, Cratic says, "everything can be replaced but life. It managed to make it."

The family is staying with relatives while cleanup crews take care of the property.

The South Georgia Conference visited the site Tuesday, surveying the property for cleanup efforts this weekend, which comes at no cost to homeowners.

State Farm and Christian Aid Ministries are also helping with the cleanup, clearing debris with excavators.