Antique shuttered buildings and homes will stay up until December as Irma winds weaken
SHADOW-BELTED CLAYTON, Alabama – A few hundred homes and businesses in this quiet rural town remain closed after a storm shuttered the roads, shutters and windows in a community devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Antique and modern shutters will remain up until Christmas, said local resident Barbara McElroy.
The town of about 2,200 is still recovering from the storm that slammed into the South last month, but it’s recovering, McElry said.
Residents of nearby Marlboro have said they expect to stay up for a long time.
Many of the buildings were built in the early 20th century, but many of them were demolished when the roadways were paved with concrete.
McElray said she doesn’t want to live in a place where it’s possible to see the ocean and the lake.
“We’re just not going to be able to go to the beach or to the lake,” she said.
“If you can’t see the sky, you can hardly see the water.”
McElraway said she is “not worried” about what’s to come.
“I am a little bit nervous, but I will get over it,” she added.
“You have to look forward.
I don’t think you can just go back to living like that.”
Antique doors and shutters that were knocked out of their hinges were left in place, and windows and doors that had been boarded up had been left open.
McEllroy said she and other residents have been taking turns to visit their homes, even going out to the grocery store, which she has since closed.
“My heart is broken, and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to my family,” McElroe said.
The weather has been mild and sunny.
In a community that has been ravaged by the storms that ravaged Texas and Florida, the city is feeling the effects of the storm as well.
“It’s been so quiet and peaceful and nice, and it’s all still under your roof,” McEllraway, who lives in a home with her husband and their four children, said.
McElvay said she’s grateful for the residents of Antique, and she doesn�t think the city will have much to complain about, considering that they have been so blessed by the storm.
She said the town has had the same residents for about 100 years.
“There’s been lots of good people, so it’s just a shame that it has happened,” she told AL.com.