Crowe Springs residents shaken, but doing well
by Mark Andrews
May 01, 2011 | 3612 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Fourteen-year-old John Cimino found this American flag and the materials to raise the flag in the rubble of a neighbor’s home.
MARK ANDREWS/ The Daily Tribune News Fourteen-year-old John Cimino found this American flag and the materials to raise the flag in the rubble of a neighbor’s home.
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Carol Adams and her husband Steve Adams live in the Crowe Springs community. They shared their story of how the tornado touched down, but left their home in relatively good condition compared to the damage done to the area.

"We were out on the back deck and we saw the clouds come in, and just the wicked gray color that was coming in, and it was just awful," Carol Adams said.

"You could see the tornado was on the ground from I don't know how far," Steve Adams added.

"We came downstairs and went underneath the stairwell, and as we shut the door and squatted down everything started to vibrate," Carol Adams said. "I could just hear glass shattering everywhere, and it was coming from our neighbor's house."

She said the storm was over quickly, but it's impact was constant.

"You could feel the pressure of [the tornado] actually pulling the house," Adams said, "and it was like it pulled and actually let go, and then it was over for us. It was 20 seconds."

She said the path of the storm was "unbelievable" in terms of how it destroyed some homes while leaving others untouched.

"Their roof is gone, their roof has collapsed and we just got some damage," she said, pointing.

Adairsville Middle School student John Cimino spent his fourteenth birthday in the basement of his family's home as the tornado touched down. Their home was saved, but he and his father, Herman Cimino, used the opportunity to help neighbors by cutting down trees and removing the debris scarred across the community

"We went out and looked at the damage, then we came back here and threw two of the chainsaws and a tank of gas and a ladder out here and we've been cutting trees down everywhere," Cimino said.

Cimino left a symbol of his community's resilience in the aftermath of the storm, finding an American flag and the materials to raise the flag in the rubble of a friend's home.

"We found the flag, the board and the hammer, and the nails for that matter right here," Cimino said.