PRATER – Harsh winds and thunderstorms pounded the community of Prater on Saturday. Trees where blown down and leaves bowed violently in the wind. The harsh weather lasted for about 30 minutes and knocked down several trees in the roadway. However, neighbors banded together during the storm.
Justice Branch is a small community sitting off the main road of Prater Creek. Neighbors helped neighbors in the small community as a large tree fell approximately a quarter of a mile up the road during the storm .
“We just do what we have to do,” said Jerome Smith. “We all have lived in this community most of our lives and we all know each other. This is just an everyday occurrence to us. We help each other whenever we are able.”
Smith and fellow residents Rodney Smith, Cody Akers, Calvin Akers, Troy Jarrell and Michael Coleman came together with four-wheelers and chain saws to remove the tree from the roadway.