Obion County Residents Clean Up After Tornado

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OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — Residents in Obion County are spending the day cleaning after Monday’s storm destroyed several homes and businesses. “We just have to start over,” Dean Laird, an Obion County resident who lost his home in the storm, said. Other residents shared the same sentiments after the storm knocked down trees, power lines and damaged dozens of homes throughout the northern part of the county. “I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Laird said. Less than 24 hours after the storm, residents like Laird and his wife, cleaned up debris and gathered what was left of their belongings. “Both of us were knocked to the floor and now the house is just a total loss,” Laird said. “It will have to be bulldozed.” “We were just talking about how pretty of a day it was,” James Bhenson said. “I wouldn’t have imagined it would be a storm like that.” Officials said despite the devastating damage, they’re glad no one was hurt. Residents agreed. “We are fortunate,” Laird said. “That’s the best way to put it.” Officials said it could take days or even weeks to clean up all of the damage caused by the storm; but they said it’s quickly becoming a community effort.

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