Cullman car dealership reflects on destructive hail storm one year later

Cullman car dealership reflects on destructive hail storm one year later


IN THE STORM THAT NIGHT AND
REPORTS ON THE CLEANUP. REPORTER: INDELIBLE IMAGES OF
NEIGHBORS SHELTERED IN THE
HAILSTORM. PEOPLE GOT OUT OF HARM’S WAY ON
MARCH 19. IS THIS IS COULD NOT. — A BUSINESSES COULD NOT. SOME OF OUR REPORT FROM THE
NISSAN CAR DEALERSHIP THAT
NIGHT. HERE WE ARE IN THE SAME PLACE. SAME DEALERSHIP. THE WINDSHIELDS ARE INTACT SALES
SAID TO BE BRISK BUT IT’S TAKEN
A LONG TIME TO GET HERE.>>IT’S REALLY HARD TO LOOK AND
SEE WHERE WE WERE A YEAR AGO. REPORTER: GENERAL MANAGER SHAN
BELL LOOKS AT OUR VIDEO THAT
REMINDS HER OF STAGGERING LOSSES
HERE.>>I WOULD SAY ANYWHERE FROM $6
MILLION TO $9 MILLION AND WE’RE
STILL IN THE PROCESS OF
RECOVERING FROM THAT. REPORTER: THE BUILDING DENTED
AND SCARRED WITH SIGNS THAT
STILL NEED REPAIR BUT BELL SAYS
BUSINESS IS THRIVING ONCE AGAIN.>>ALL THIS HAD TO BE REPLACED. REPORTER: ALSO PELTED THAT NIGHT
THE CULLMAN COUNTY SHERIFFS
OFFICE AND DETENTION CENTER.>>WE LOST 21 PATROL CARS. BRAND NEW VANS SOME WITH 300
MILES ON THEM. REPORTER: EVERY HEATING AND AIR
CONDITIONING UNIT BLOWN TO BITS
.
PORTIONS OF THE ROOF AND
FIREPROOFING CRASHED TO THE
GROUND. A FULL YEAR LATER, CONTRACTORS
ARE STILL TRYING TO PIECE THINGS
BACK TOGETHER. SHERIFF GENTRY WISHES PROGRESS
WOULD GO FASTER.>>I LIKE TO MOVE AT THE SPEED
OF BUSINESS NOT GOVERNMENT. REPORTER: LOSSES WILL TOTAL $9
MILLION, BUT HERE AND AT THE CAR
DEALERSHIP THERE WAS NO
QUITTING. THE STORM DID ITS DAMAGE IN 20
MINUTES BUT RECOVERY IS TAKING
MORE THAN THE YEAR GONE BY. IN CULLMAN, JEFF ELIASOPH, WVTM

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