COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A series of strong tornadoes battered four counties in Middle Tennessee and killed 25 people. In Putnam County alone, hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed.
Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said 400 homes were damaged and 100 were destroyed.
Porter said people have gotten frustrated, because they want to help but aren't being allowed to right now. However, he said that's simply because it's not safe yet.
Utility companies are still trying to fix power lines and if too many people are nearby, it could be dangerous.
“A lot of people went to the area without us knowing about it,” said Porter. “If we have too many people in the area, we're not doing any good. Folks will be walking on top of each other. We have to be very organized.”
Porter added that volunteers will have register and get a special arm band. He hopes people can start volunteering on Saturday. If you can't help this weekend, they'll definitely still need volunteers, even weeks from now as this area recovers.
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