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Tornado cleanup continues a week later

(WBIR- Claiborne County) A week after an EF3 swept through the area around the Campbell County and Claiborne County line, the cleanup effort continues.

Gwen Patterson and her 91-year-old mother, Ola Bowman, live in the area, with only a highway separating their homes. Both homes were in the tornado's path of destruction.

"I think she's done better with this than we all have," Patterson said, "and she keeps saying we're going to be alright."

Patterson's roof was damaged. Her mother lost a garage, barn, and had the roof torn off the main house and back house. Both houses will be torn down on Monday or Tuesday.

This past week, Patterson said they had been trying to salvage anything they could from her mother's house. Some of the most precious possession are family photographs.

"You just hang on to the memories, the good times," she said.

Patterson said an insurance agent has already looked at her house, but she does not have an estimate for how much the repairs will cost.

She said there have been a lot of people throughout the community who have helped to clear debris and provide meals for people who need them.

"It's just been amazing how people have volunteered," Patterson said. "That's why we're called the Volunteer State."

Starting Monday morning, a coalition task force of 150 workers from The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the National Guard, and other local and state agencies will come in to clear debris.

"It makes you feel really good that people care," Patterson said. "People still care, and there are some good people in this valley."


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