Cleanup underway in Morgan County after librarian gets a scare

MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Thursday, people in Morgan County cleaned up after a scary storm Wednesday left a librarian at the Abner Ross Community Center Library wondering if she'd be alive to see another day.

Imagine you're in a building and it feels like it's coming apart.

That's how scared Sherry Waschevski says she was when the storm hit the deer lodge library, and it all started with calls for help from the community.

E911 Call:

911 Operator: What is your emergency?

Caller: It's the Deer Lodge School, roof just blew off and I think the librarian is in there.

But it was Deer Lodge Librarian Sherry Waschevski, trapped inside the library, who made the second call.

E911 Call:

Dispatch: Dispatch.

Sherry: This is Sherry...

Dispatch: Sherry, are you OK?

Sherry: Yeah, well, the roof blew off the Abner Ross Center.

Dispatch: OK, dear, get covered. Get cover somewhere. We've got people on the way to you, OK?

Sherry: Yeah, I'm scared to pieces I don't know what to do.

Waschevski says, "It was just a really frightening experience for me. I never experienced something like that before."

Just miles down the road, residents in Mossy Grove remember the tornado of 2002 and took no chances.

L.A. Hamby remembers the 2002 tornadoes that hit Morgan, and says, "It was tough. Scared my wife to death. Course, she gets scared all the time when the wind starts blowing."

J.B. Pollard took cover from the storm, and says, "So when it reached this point, me and my wife hit the basement."

But it was seven years later and this time, Sherry Waschevski didn't know what hit her library.

Waschevski says, "All of a sudden, I heard a big swooshing noise and then crash! I guess the roof came off."

Frightened, she took a look at the damage after the storm blew through.

"From the time that I heard the roof start coming off, it was probably not even five seconds. I mean it was just so fast."

Now, it's cleanup time and Sherry wasn't the only one with a close call.
Just down the road a barn is moved nearly four feet off it's foundation. Also nearby, a home barely missed a run in with a large pine tree.

Jerry Adkins is thankful his home wasn't hit, and says, "We thought it hit the house at first. It was about ten feet from the house."

While there were a lot of close calls from Wednesday's storm, everyone is counting their blessings.

Waschevski says, "It was just a really scary thing to be through. I'm smiling about it now but at the time I was just so scared."

Waschevski says, luckily there is no damage to the library's interior, but says the flat roof does leak so they will need to get it covered soon.

She says they plan to reopen for business on Tuesday.


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