Auto Glass Shops Stranded in Tuscaloosa and Parts of Tennessee After Deadly Tornado
April 28, 2011

After a night of powerful tornados, the city of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is struggling to recover. An F5 tornado, which is classified as the strongest tornado possible and one that can cause total damage, passed through the town causing devestation to the city’s major medical center and to the University of Alabama. At press time, the death toll from the southern tornados was over 250 lives lost.

Lynn Eckberg, an employee at Hank’s Auto Glass in Tuscaloosa was one of the lucky ones who actually made it in to the shop.

“The center of town is gone, but the shop is fine,” says Eckberg. “Everyone is okay. Some still have family members that they have issues with, but we are all in one piece.”

As far as business is concerned many of the local auto glass shops are not answering their phones, likely unable to make it in.

“Roads are impassable so we are unable to get glass to help people out at the moment. Right now those that need glass are still digging out,” adds Eckberg. “We are busy this morning trying to do what we can for those that make it in.”

Glass Doctor of Tuscaloosa was open and reported that their employees were all fine and just handling calls as they come in. According to Glass Doctor, the Birmingham, Ala. and Knoxville, Tenn. stores are open and operating, while the Rome, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn. shops are operating at limited capacity. The Oxford, Ala. shop is closed due to no power or telephone access.

For the time being most shops in Tuscaloosa have no internet or cell phone coverage and limited resources. Major power outages have also been reported in parts of eastern Tennessee. Calls to shops in parts of Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn. were also unanswered.

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