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Tornado Damage Surveyed At Four Corners Marina

Posted at 4:59 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 16:23:11-05

The cost of damage to the Four Corners Marina in Antioch has continued to climb as workers survey the damage from a tornado that hit the area.

Dozens of boats at the marina on Percy Priest Lake were damaged Wednesday and part of the dock was destroyed.

So far the damage is estimated to cost more than $1 million.

When that storm rolled through, it spared most of the marina, but just yards away, docks and boats stood little chance.

As they were picked up and thrown around like toys in a child's swimming pool.

Dock K was hit the hardest. Pillars that are supposed to be anchored down in the water were pulled from the lake to dangle in the air.

"The phone went off. It said tornado warning and I went down in the lower cuddy, and you could just here it going and hear stuff crashing," said Kim Spencer.

For Ray Pesz the tornado took much more than just a boat; it damaged his home. Pesz lives at the marina, and with the damage of his home, was the loss of his motorized scooter he used to get around. 

Pesz lives with Polio, and has been forced to use crutches since the storm. A gofundme page has been set up to raise money to replace the scooter he lost.

Crews spent the day taking insurance claims. They also were working to contain any fuel or oil that spilled into the lake.

The good news, however, was that only two boats sunk during the storm, and that no one was seriously injured.