Camp Creek community rebuilds after tornado

Camp Creek community rebuilds after tornado


6 News Reporter

CAMP CREEK (WATE) – Volunteers have been busy rebuilding all weekend after an EF-2 and EF-3 tornado hit the Camp Creek community in Greene County Wednesday evening.

Six people were killed and 33 people injured. Many homes were lost. People still in homes could be without power for up to a week according to crews at the scene.

Billy Jean Bishop and her daughter sat outside their home and watched work being done to restore the roof they lost.

"Some are church group volunteers that came in, some are individuals who just wanted to help," said Bishop.

Bishop had the roof and all the windows blown off her house, despite that they've been living in the home for days.

"They've given us a generator for the night. We went to the YMCA to shower," said Bishop.

Still, Bishop says what they've had to endure is nothing. The funeral for the couple killed across the street from them was held Sunday evening.

The community trying to move forward by helping the survivors-volunteers are repairing homes and cleaning up debris from the houses flattened. Utility crews have spent long hours trying to restore power to the area.

Just outside the hardest hit part of the county, the command center is still busy with activity. The main effort is collecting and distributing donations.

"'We've had a tremendous amount of donations," said volunteer Rachel Miller.

Large trailers are filling up quickly and being taken out to victims, volunteers say people have donated an excessive amount of clothes. What they need more of are household goods and items like batteries, duct tape, battery operated radios, diapers and flashlights.

The next step is figuring out how much federal help will come in. FEMA representatives have already been in to assess the damage. The governor will tour the area on Monday.

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