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Veteran returns from California to find his Putnam Co. home destroyed by tornado

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 00:11:59-05

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An Army veteran and his wife were on a trip to California when the deadly EF-4 tornado ripped through Putnam County. They returned home Wednesday to find their home flattened by the storm.

Chester Bush and his wife spent the day digging through the rubble that was left behind. They were able to find his Army uniform, pictures of his family and multiple other items.

But Bush knew if they'd been in town, they wouldn't have survived the deadly storm.

"If we had been here though, me and my wife, we would have been deceased. We wouldn't have made it," said Bush.

Several neighbors and friends helped him pour over the piles of wood and debris - something Bush was grateful for.

The tornado claimed the lives of 18 people in Putnam County and Bush's home was one of 20 that were completely wiped out by the storm.