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Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:05 PM Reply

So about two months ago, I rode my motorcycle to Tuscaloosa, Al from Atlanta, Ga to volunteer for the F5 tornadoes that destroyed thousands of homes, killed hundreds, and caused billions of dollars in damage. I was too young to legally volunteer at age 17, I had to ditch school for a week, and I didn't have a place to stay once I got there, but I went anyway. I made a thread about it , containing the photographs I took as a volunteer photographer, while I also joined a chainsaw team where we removed fallen trees off of people's houses and yards for free.

I decided to go back again. I figured I'd make another thread about it since a lot of people found it interesting before. This time, I actually had a place to stay before I arrived, though. Oh yeah, and I met Cootie, too.

I'm going to post photos of the tornado devastation again. These photos have been taken a month and a half after the tornado which happened 4/27/11, and these were taken over 6/7/11-6/14/11

I also tried to do something different this time, and I found that I could stick a camera in my helmet and make a ghetto helmet cam. I had to record it longways since that's the only way I could get it to fit inside my helmet without falling out, but I figured it was worth uploading anyway. It's about 10 minutes of footage, and I acknowledge the quality isn't perfect.

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*A quick note about the videos and any photos: I do enter some homes in them, but I'm not trespassing as these homes are either officially abandoned or they've been scheduled for demolition. All working electronics or anything else of value have been looted or taken by the original residents.

If you wish to donate to those affected, you can donate through paypal at GiveTuscaloosa.com

Keep in mind, I shoot with professional gear and lenses, but the quality is reduced when uploaded here and they tend to have less color for some reason.

I can confirm that some people died here at this apartment complex that was hit directly by the tornado, I just don't know how many.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:09 PM Reply

Same apartment complex as above, pretty much every building looks like this around here. The smell wasn't any better than how this building looks now, either.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:13 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 04:07 PM, Newgrundling wrote: Is driving past 15th street ever going to be the same?

Cootie you lovable scamp? :/

Abandoned houses are still everywhere, a lot of buildings have been bulldozed or are almost finished being repaired since I was last here.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:14 PM Reply

I'm glad you made a video. I enjoy these threads and the pictures you post.

How long have you been doing this anyway?

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:25 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 04:14 PM, Rooster wrote: I'm glad you made a video. I enjoy these threads and the pictures you post.

How long have you been doing this anyway?

A couple months now, but I only stay for a week at a time so far. With all the stresses of daily life, I've learned just getting a way for a while and just being people can really do you some good. The best kind of work is the work you don't get paid for.

This church got messed up pretty bad. I wanted to go inside, but there were a lot of workers around and I didn't want to get in the way, or get the cops called on me.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 05:40 PM Reply

Found this when working on my job site.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 05:45 PM Reply

I worked on a boatyard with a group that came from chicago. They brought 5 bobcats on a flatbed, a John Deere Tractor, and two ATV's. They came to work.

This used to be a boatyard for a river nearby, with probably about 100 boats, jetskis, waverunners, and stuff, and they were all just strewn about before i got there and they had already pushed them all in a big pile.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 05:48 PM Reply

I also found shotgun shells that hadn't been shot off yet.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 05:49 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 04:13 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote:
At 7/2/11 04:07 PM, Newgrundling wrote: Is driving past 15th street ever going to be the same?
Cootie you lovable scamp? :/

Abandoned houses are still everywhere, a lot of buildings have been bulldozed or are almost finished being repaired since I was last here.

Another interesting thread about the same place but with more photos. Would be kind of funny if someone took all the images and made it into some kind of point and click flash game of sorts. The cat poster in this image is pretty nice I think.


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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 05:53 PM Reply

They let me borrow an ATV, too.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 06:03 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 05:49 PM, SCTE3 wrote:
At 7/2/11 04:13 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote:
At 7/2/11 04:07 PM, Newgrundling wrote: Is driving past 15th street ever going to be the same?
Cootie you lovable scamp? :/

Abandoned houses are still everywhere, a lot of buildings have been bulldozed or are almost finished being repaired since I was last here.
Another interesting thread about the same place but with more photos. Would be kind of funny if someone took all the images and made it into some kind of point and click flash game of sorts. The cat poster in this image is pretty nice I think.

That's not a bad idea, I just can't really imagine what kind of game could be made out of it, plus I don't really know the first thing when it comes to flash.

Whoever lived here before left this tiger guarding the door.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 06:07 PM Reply

Found a Nes in a house.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 06:08 PM Reply

And some porn...

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 06:14 PM Reply

I spent a lot of time exploring this church last time. I found a working PS2, rock band guitars, rock band drumsets, and lots of xbox and PS2 games inside, but I never looted any nor did I take anything from any house since my stay here.

They've properly barricaded it since the last time I was here.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:06 PM Reply

I still wanted to get back into that church, because the destroyed sanctuary with no roof got me a lot of cool pictures, but it had been barricaded and the signs in the picture above were on every door. I decided to go get some photos of some houses across the street, and a few minutes later a truck pulls up to the church and an older gentleman and two ladies get out, he unlocks a door, and takes them into a church. I ran across the parking lot and asked if I could go in with them to get photos, and then realized the old man was a pastor of the church I met last time I was here, and he remembered me. He was showing some ladies from Tennessee what happened to his church and allowed me to go in with them.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:15 PM Reply

The pastor surveys the damage to his church. Although he said he's seen the damage here before, it gets him every time.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:22 PM Reply

Crap...hope your house is okay

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:27 PM Reply

I see you've taken many quality shots.

Have you uploaded these and the last batch of pictures anywhere yet? I'd like to see them in all their high-quality, full sized glory.


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The ladies with us tried to find all the missing pieces to the broken stained glass windows. The pastor allowed me to take a small piece of one of the broken windows.

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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:31 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 07:15 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: The pastor surveys the damage to his church. Although he said he's seen the damage here before, it gets him every time.

Must be hard for anyone who went to that church. Just think... years of going to the same place for mass and then it's devastated by a tornado. Alas, poor pastor...


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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 07:37 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 07:20 PM, Bees wrote:
At 7/2/11 07:15 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: The pastor surveys the damage to his church. Although he said he's seen the damage here before, it gets him every time.
man he looks defeated as fuk

yea d00d for srs :C Yeah, I think 5 churches in the city were destroyed by the tornado, but this one is the biggest church in the city limits, and not too far from the University of Alabama campus, which amazingly didn't suffer any damage.

At 7/2/11 07:22 PM, SuperLME wrote: Crap...hope your house is okay

I don't live there I'm from Atlanta. I'm just a volunteer.

At 7/2/11 07:27 PM, Stevenscar wrote: I see you've taken many quality shots.

Have you uploaded these and the last batch of pictures anywhere yet? I'd like to see them in all their high-quality, full sized glory.

I hope to do so soon, but my edited photos can be anywhere from 15-20 megabytes per photo. Imageshack and photobucket won't let me upload files that big. Flickr does let me upload them, but for whatever reason the color gets a little desaturated like it does here on NG. I do have a deviantart, but I haven't used it for a while and I still haven't uploaded the pictures from the last trip there, let alone these ones, because it would just take too long and there's way too many photos.

This is the other side of the door with the sign in my previous photographs, it was lucky running into them when I did.

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At 7/2/11 07:31 PM, Drake wrote:
At 7/2/11 07:15 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: The pastor surveys the damage to his church. Although he said he's seen the damage here before, it gets him every time.
Must be hard for anyone who went to that church. Just think... years of going to the same place for mass and then it's devastated by a tornado. Alas, poor pastor...

They still hold services outside on sunday evenings, although only for 30 minutes because it's fucking hot in Alabama.

Found an offering plate, as the pastor and the ladies search through the rubble.

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The Red Cross came and gave us water. It was a little ironic to me because the first time I showed up to Tuscaloosa, the Red cross flat out told me "No" when I asked if I could volunteer with them and told me to go back home because I was too young.

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A church heard about what I was doing there and asked for some photographs to use as backgrounds in a slide show. I got there so late I had to make the slideshow as the person was talking and I had to text him as he was talking and tell him to keep talking so I'd have more time. I took this from my phone, but if you saw my last thread you should recognize the photo on the screen.

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Perhaps it was naive of me to think that Alabama had mostly recovered by now. Evidently, there is still quite a long way to go before Alabama can officially forget about the recent devastation that it has sustained.


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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 08:23 PM Reply

Abandoned house.

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At 7/2/11 08:23 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: Abandoned house.

Umm, is it even legal enter these "abandoned houses"?


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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 09:08 PM Reply

At 7/2/11 08:18 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: The Red Cross came and gave us water. It was a little ironic to me because the first time I showed up to Tuscaloosa, the Red cross flat out told me "No" when I asked if I could volunteer with them and told me to go back home because I was too young.

Looks like you are partly holding the guy.


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Response to Tuscaloosa Tornado Aftermath take 2 Jul. 2nd, 2011 @ 09:14 PM Reply

really great pictures. I wish I could come down there and help too.


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At 7/2/11 08:54 PM, Jedi-Master wrote:
At 7/2/11 08:23 PM, ComradeMolotov wrote: Abandoned house.
Umm, is it even legal enter these "abandoned houses"?

Not really as much as legal as they can't really stop you and the worst thing they can do is ask you to leave. If you're looting, that's a different story.

At 7/2/11 09:08 PM, SCTE3 wrote: Looks like you are partly holding the guy.

Yep, if he were a water bottle.

At 7/2/11 09:14 PM, DannyJay wrote: really great pictures. I wish I could come down there and help too.

Peace and love, broseph

It's kind of scary how half of an entire city was turned into a ghost town overnight.

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