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Cleanup continues two weeks after tornado hit East Tenn.


(WBIR - Claiborne County) It's been two weeks since an EF-3 tornado ripped through East Tennessee. Still, people living in Claiborne County are picking up the pieces.

Pat Bowman's Speedwell home she lived in for 51 years is covered with boards and blue tarps after it was damaged in the July 27th storm.

She said, "I heard a roar and almost immediately after the roar was when the windows blew out in my living room. I was four feet from getting hit with all of that glass."

In addition to the shattered windows, Bowman's home is filled with sagging ceilings, mold is already growing in some areas, and the half-a-century-old hardwood floor is ruined. Also, three maple trees that stood a few feet away from Bowman's patio are no more.

"That was just sad because my husband, he died about 19 years ago, and I put those out together," Bowman said.

Bowman's home is one of the lucky ones, as several houses in her neighborhood are completely destroyed.

More than 200 people have been helping with the cleanup process in this area. State crews hoped to have had the debris cleared by last Friday, but due to weather conditions that deadline has now been extended to this Friday.

Cleanup after a disaster is no easy task, but Bowman is focused on the positive.

She said, "It's been hard because you pick up things that you love and you have to toss them. We can lose material things and we can build back, but you can't build back a person. I'm so thankful nobody was hurt."


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