LOWNDES COUNTY FARMER THANKFUL LIFE AND LIVESTOCK SPARED BY STORM
When the sun came up this morning, David Jordan saw pieces of his farm strewn into nearby pastures and along U.S. Highway 80 that runs in front of his Lowndes County cattle ranch. Instead of focusing on the damage done by a late afternoon Christmas day storm, the 71-year-old rancher immediately thought of how fortunate he was.
|Top photo: Bodock Farms, located on U.S. Highway 80 in Lowndes County, sustained heavy damage from a late afternoon storm that hit Christmas Day.|
Center photo: Alfa Agent Luke Granthum, left, assists the owner of Bodock Farms, David Jordan, with his claim.
Bottom photo: Cattle in a nearby pasture rest among twisted metal torn from barns during the storm. No people or livestock were injured.
“I’m just thankful the Lord let me wake up on the green side of the grass,” he said. “All this is material stuff. I’m thankful my family is safe, and it was a miracle we didn’t have any livestock hurt.”
Jordan said he's also thankful he has Alfa Insurance.
Shortly after daybreak, Jordan made his way to the barns from his nearby home. Alfa Agent Luke Granthum arrived a short time later to assist with filing his claims.
A 90,000+ square-foot barn that serves as the central shipping point for Jordan’s Bodock Farms, was heavily damaged. Giant steel beams were twisted and bent; some were completely torn out of the ground along with the cement poured around them to secure them to the prairie soil. Twisted tin from the structure’s roof and sides were strewn for hundreds of yards. Tin was wrapped around trees, stock trailers and utility poles.
“There were 12 or 15 bulls we had just pulled out of our pastures inside that barn, and a few of the cowboys had some horses in there, too,” Jordan said. “I’m still amazed that none of them were hurt. As far as we can tell, all of the livestock is okay.”
A second barn, nearly 70,000 square-feet in size, and a few hundred feet away, also sustained heavy damage, as did several other barns used to store feed and equipment. The home where Jordan and his wife rode out the storm sustained some damage, but the carport attached to the home and a nearby barn were destroyed.
Despite a cold, windy day of repairing fences and hauling debris, Jordan was optimistic.
“We’ll do just like any other farmer – we have good times and bad times,” he said. “So you just have to do what you have to do to survive. We’ll regroup and rebuild and go at it again. It took 70 years to build all this, but it can all be handled.”
Several other areas of the state sustained damages from a series of storms that moved through the southeast on Christmas day. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency received damage reports from Autauga, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Crenshaw, Escambia, Marengo, Mobile, Pike and Tuscaloosa counties.
Alfa claims adjusters are already helping customers in the areas most affected by the storms. If your home or property sustained damages during these storms, contact your local Alfa service center or call 1-800-964-2532. Claims may also be filed on-line at www.AlfaInsurance.com or through the Alfa2Go app for iPhone and Android smartphones.
Policyholders are encouraged to make temporary repairs to their property to prevent additional damage. Retain receipts from purchases related to the temporary repairs to include with any claims.