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Coble residents frustrated at slow clean-up month after tornado


One month after a tornado devastated a small Hickman County town, homeowners are growing frustrated by the amount of debris that still hasn't been cleaned up.

They say it's been a slow process to recover in Coble, and they're concerned that if something isn't done soon, flooding could be next.

"All of a sudden, I heard a big explosion, and the front door like exploded in on me," said storm survivor Nathan Estes.

The storm itself lasted less than two minutes, but in the month since, people have spent day after day trying to piece their homes back together.

"Working on this is slow. It's been a long, drawn-out process. It could always go faster, but when you're dealing with insurance and mortgage companies, it always takes a little bit more time," said storm survivor Darryl Yontz.

Though the area was packed with volunteers in the days after the storm, that help soon faded.

"Within a week or so, you're old news, and the help isn't here," said storm survivor Dina Gilbert. "They came out and were here for quite a while, but it's been a month later, nobody's here."

County officials said some of the delays in cleaning up have been a result of red tape. For example, one of the creeks that contains the most debris is a federally protected watershed, and the grant money or the approval for clean up so far hasn't come.

In the meanwhile, residents are doing the best they can with their own homes and desperately hoping they haven't been forgotten.

"We're doing what we can when we can as far as clean up, and we're fixing up when we can fix up - just kind of settling into a new normal," Estes said.

If you would like to volunteer, call the Hickman County Long-Term Recovery Agency at 931-996-2273.

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