Franklin Co. community helping neighbors in need after tornado

Tennessee News

Bill VanHooser’s home was devastated after tornadoes ripped through middle Tennessee Monday night. 

“Front porch gone, roof gone, cracks in the walls you name it,” said VanHooser. 

He’s lived on Allred Road for 18 years, but due to the damage, he doesn’t know if his home is a total loss. 

“Just devastated,” he said. 

He’s one of several residents whose home was destroyed in Estill Springs. 

“You see some people crying, some people laughing,” VanHooser said. “It’s a mixture. It’s sad.” 

“I was asleep and heard this loud noise and a tree come crashing through the house,” he said. 

Chief Michael Eddings with Capitol Hill Volunteer Fire Department says he and his team have been working non-stop for the past two days. 

“When I first saw it, it looked like a bomb was dropped in the area,” Eddings said. 

He calls it the worst devastation the Estill Springs community has seen in years. 

“I’ve never seen this much damage before,” Eddings said. 

Despite dozens of structures like homes, sheds, barns, and other buildings being damaged or demolished throughout the county, no one in the area was seriously hurt. 

VanHooser says it’s that silver lining that’s helped him stay positive. 

“It could have been worse, luckily no one was killed,” VanHooser said. 

Community members have been pitching in to help out those who lost their homes or were otherwise affected by the tornado. 

Donations have been pouring into the Capitol Hill Community Center since Tuesday. 

If you want to help, donations can be dropped off at the community center at 5631 AEDC Road.

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