Small Hickman County Town Still Rebuilding After Tornado
by Chris Conte
COBLE, Tenn. - One month ago powerful storms tore across the midstate leaving a widespread path of destruction in their wake. The headlines have mostly faded, but for some the hard work of cleaning up is just getting started.
Just over one month has passed since an EF-2 tornado tore through the tiny town of Coble in Hickman County, Tennessee.
Coble lies about an hour and a half west of Nashville. No one was injured when the tornado tore through town, but it was by no means spared a direct hit from those storms.
Utility workers and church volunteers have all gone home and the difficult process of rebuilding is now up to the town's residents.
Darrell Yontz was still working on repairs to his damaged home Sunday.
"It's devastation, that's what you see. Everything here is completely abnormal. A small town like what it was turned out to be something completely different," said Yontz.
No one was injured when the tornado ripped apart Coble on January 30, but the damage was extensive. Some homes were so badly damaged they had to be burned to the ground while others sit with tarps still stapled to roofs blown off by the wind.
"The most frustrating thing is dealing with the insurance companies, trying to get everything straightened out there. You keep finding new things that are damaged and have to call them back to report it," said Yontz.
Most of Coble's residents were relying on insurance to help pay for the damage. Residents said FEMA has offered very little funding to help pay for repairs.
"It (Coble) has a different feel, it's not home anymore," said Yontz.
There's no mayor, no city council and no one speaking up for the peole of Coble but themselves.
Most of the resident said they have had to spend thousands of dollars of their own savings to help pay for repairs. They said working through their insurance companies was a very slow process.