Residents return home after ash slide, but not in the clear yet

Residents return home after ash slide, but not in the clear yet

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"My husband, Don, said to me,'Get out of bed. You have to evacuate.' And I said, you're kidding me," Nancy Wright says. "My husband, Don, said to me,'Get out of bed. You have to evacuate.' And I said, you're kidding me," Nancy Wright says.
"I would like to see them restructure Swan Pond Road so that it would be safer," Don Wright says. "I would like to see them restructure Swan Pond Road so that it would be safer," Don Wright says.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) -- Many of the Harriman residents displaced by the collapse of a TVA retention wall and an ash slide were allowed back in their homes Tuesday.

Of the many families displaced, about 18 took refuge Monday night at Quality Inn in Harriman.

That's where 6 News found Nancy and Don Wright on Tuesday. They were happy to hear they could return to their home for the holidays. 

The Wright's home wasn't one of the 12 damaged ones, but they, along with many others, were evacuated as a precaution.

"My husband, Don, said to me,'Get out of bed. You have to evacuate.' And I said, you're kidding me," Nancy says.

The Wrights say their gas service has been restored but they won't have any water. The city of Kingston is asking all residents in the Swan Pond Road area to boil their water.

City officials say the water is most likely safe, but they're waiting for state test results to be certain.

The couple says they're choosing not to use the water at all. They say they're worried about water contamination and they'll also have to deal with muck and debris in their neighborhood.

The Wrights say they were concerned for years about the strength of the retention pond at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant. When it collapsed in the early morning hours Monday, they say they weren't surprised.

"I would like to see them restructure Swan Pond Road so that it would be safer," Don says. "I remember going out to the railroad tracks and looking at the big mound of dirt and I would get scared."
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