Tellico Plains tornado victims start rebuilding

Tellico Plains continues to pick up the pieces, after an EF2 tornado ripped through the city on Friday destroying homes and businesses.

(Courtesy: Josh Wilson, Tellico Plains)

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tellico Plains continues to pick up the pieces, after an EF2 tornado ripped through the city on Friday destroying homes and businesses.

FEMA will be in the city Tuesday to see if they qualify for federal disaster aid.

They got a lot done, but there's a lot more to do.

Utility crews are working to restore power.

Homeowners are looking for personal belongings buried beneath the rubble.

One family was standing in their driveway when the twister hit.

The tornado ripped a 14 mile path of rubble Friday afternoon tearing apart homes and businesses.

One of those the TDC telephone company right in the middle of town.
Just across the street, workers tore apart a trailer thrown off it's foundation by the twister.

Ruth White and her husband rode out the storm in thier car in the carport.

When it was all over their house was destroyed.

Ruth white says, "All this stuff is gone. We're able to keep some clothes."

Volunteers picked through the rubble trying to find anything that used to belong to the Whites.

Ruth White says, "It's just so traumatic it really is. I lost a cat. One cat. I got one. Don't know how he survived."

Debbie Atkins is from Madisonville, but brought her granddaughter and some friends to help clean up.

Debbie Atkins says, "We've been finding cookbooks, household items and some important papers."

Across town, the KOA Campground is demolished 2 weeks before it was set to open for the season.

In all, 10 cabins, two lodges and the main office building leveled.

A lot of destructiong but these people will rebuild.

Ruth White says, "We're gonna make it. With the Lord's help. We're really thankful."

The tornado's path width was 400 yards.

The twister went for 14.6 miles.

In all, 33 houses were destroyed and more than 60 were heavily damaged.


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