Milan Continues to Clean Up

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Good Friday is anything but a holiday for thousands of West Tennesseans still picking up from this week’s severe weather. Gibson County was hit with what the EMA director calls a rare occurrence. He says the winds that whipped through the area were stronger than a small tornado. Trudging through mass destruction, Hal Holmes, cannot help but repeat the chorus of a song that is oh-so fitting on this day. Holmes, adds, “In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.” According to Holmes, it is a blessing no one was hurt in the storm that took a Milan neighborhood and turned it into a forest, with cars smashed like they were just in a demolition derby. EMA Director, Rickey Graves, admits, what happened here is a rare occurrence because the 90 mph winds the storm produced is actually faster than a small tornado. Holmes, says, “It sounded like a big boom when it hit the house.” Just announced, Gibson County is now looking at nearly $4 million in damages. Over 200 structures were damaged, and close to ten destroyed. Mayor Chris Crider, of Milan, says, “My utility department worked so hard. I know they’re dog tired and they are working around the clock. I just couldn’t be more proud of them.” Initially, Milan had 6,500 customers without electricity at the same time. That is almost all of them. However, with seven crews now on board, some from as far as Bolivar, less than a hundred are still left in the dark, and that is a number they can live with. Crider, adds, “Milan is tough. Milan works hard and we have a lot of pride. I wouldn’t expect anything less than people on their day off out here working anyway.” According to the Milan Public Utility Department, they hope to get everyone on line by Saturday at the latest. The city also wants to remind everyone, even though Friday is a holiday, the landfill will remain open Friday and Saturday, for any Milan residents who want to drop off brush and debris.

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