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'It looks like a war zone.' Storm debris cleanup continues in Perry County

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 07:16:10-04

PERRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Families in Perry County are still recovering from the remnants of tropical storm Olga.

"It looks like a war zone to me," Ronnie Riggins said, after a tree crashed into their garage and destroyed their camper. "It's hard to imagine what straight line winds could do, but it made a believer out of me!"

On Tuesday, a crane operator lifted large trees off of their neighbor's home. Fortunately, a lot of the properties are vacation homes, so not a lot of people were home when the high winds hit.

Riggins' dock is a total loss. Part of their porch is now in the woods across the street. "That's 3 pontoons stacked up down there, and the boathouse is upside down," Riggins said, "That's one of the car ports down there."

No one in the neighborhood was hurt.

Beard said, "It was kind of surreal."

Hundreds of people in Perry County are still without power. Crews had to clear trees and debris from roads to get to downed lines.

"It was 2 days before we could even get out," Riggins said, "We'll get it fixed, it will just take a while."

It will be a long road to recovery for this community. "It's going to be more than months, it's going to take a while," Beard said.

Due to the power outage and sewage issues, Perry County's Halloween event in Linden was moved to November 2nd. Tom's Creek Baptist Church is opening their doors to residents and volunteers who need a hot meal on Wednesday at lunchtime.