Knoxville homes, businesses damaged in Sunday's severe storms

Knoxville homes, businesses damaged in Sunday's severe storms

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Located off Sevier Avenue, the South Knoxville Coin Laundry had its entire roof torn off. Located off Sevier Avenue, the South Knoxville Coin Laundry had its entire roof torn off.
The roof was strewn in pieces across the lawn, with two large sections getting hung on power lines. The roof was strewn in pieces across the lawn, with two large sections getting hung on power lines.
The neighborhood just behind the laundromat saw a lot of damage as well, with trees down at nearly every home. The neighborhood just behind the laundromat saw a lot of damage as well, with trees down at nearly every home.
Knoxville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville also saw quite a bit of damage from Sunday night’s severe weather, specifically in the form of countless downed trees and power lines.

Trees were toppled all over Knox County by the powerful punch brought by the storms.

One area that saw a lot of the damage was a section of South Knoxville.

Located off Sevier Avenue, the South Knoxville Coin Laundry had its entire roof torn off.

"It's amazing that no one was hurt,” said owner Donna Brooks. "It's really kind of sad. We've owned this business for 26 years and rented from the same people. It's kind of sad to come in and see it look like this."

The roof was strewn in pieces across the lawn, with two large sections getting hung on power lines.

Rain that poured into the building after the roof was ripped off caused the ceiling to give way inside.

"Any damage to the equipment, this could be into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, just for the equipment,” said Brooks.

The neighborhood just behind the laundromat saw a lot of damage as well, with trees down at nearly every home.

"All we hear is crack, boom, crack and then boom. That's all we could hear,” said Sarah Lovegrove of South Knoxville.

One fell onto a truck parked in front of a home, smashing it. Another snapped in two, crashing into the side of a house and badly damaging the porch.

There was so much debris, it blocked a number of streets leading into the neighborhood, like Dover Street, where City of Knoxville crews were working to get it clear as quickly as possible.

"Oh yeah, it's everywhere. There's people trying to get through everywhere and they can't get through,” said Lovegrove. "Nobody could do anything cause it's just Mother Nature."

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