AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Amherst County Public Safety is estimating that 102 homes have been damaged after Sunday night’s storm. 21 homes are total losses.
Nottaway Drive was one of the hardest hit areas. Walking down the stretch of road, almost everything is gone and at the same time stuff is everywhere.
“It's just all of our things in a pile and nowhere to put it,” said Madeline Fink.
Fink spent the day trying to make sense of that “stuff”. Her family’s home is leveled to the ground. She was out when the storm hit, but her family was there.
“They went downstairs and closed themselves in and then they said all of the windows and everything broke in,” said Fink. “The whole house- they were being pulled out by the neighbors and when they were pulled out everything was just gone.”
The Bartholomews live next door.
“My house is standing, but like barely,” said Stephanie Bartholomew.
Their house sustained some severe damage, but they are able to go inside. The hardest part for them is looking at their neighbors' homes. Just Saturday night, everyone was hanging out together.
“We were all down there at Mr. Johnson's which is also destroyed,” said Benaiah Bartholomew. “We were having a grand time at a bon fire and of course the next day it's all gone.”
A worn out teddy bear, a sleeping bag and books are among the only items that remain. Bartholomew said the most striking sight he saw was a picture of a stranger in the middle of his road.
“Lost…like I didn't know who it was. I didn't know where it came from,” said Bartholomew. “It was just in the middle of the street. I didn't know where it came from anymore.”
Even with all of the destruction, people are thankful. They are thankful for neighbors, volunteers and that everyone is safe.
“God is good, everything is being provided for us,” said Fink. “We have insurance… everything is going to be fine.”
There will be a meeting Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m. at the Elon Baptist Church for anyone affected by the storm.