Community recovers what’s left after Nashville tornado

Tennessee Tornado

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WEHT)- Eyewitness News’s Gretchen Ross spent the day in East Nashville again as people were helping their neighbors in need.

Throughout middle Tennessee, the cleanup process continues for thousands of people as they go through the debris left behind from Tuesday’s early morning tornado.

Ross was along 11th Street where many homes were hit hard from the EF-3 tornado. A nearby pizza shop roof ended landed in the front yard of a home.

Homeowner Lisa Goodpaster says its the worst damage she’s ever seen.

“It’s just surreal. You really don’t wrap your brain around it. You’re just totally overwhelmed.” Goodpaster couldn’t believe the historic house is destroyed.

Goodpaster says it was a beautiful home and people would always stop by and talk about it.

The East Nashville house was built in the early 1900s. The house was turned into a flower shop, but was ravaged in Tuesday’s tornado.

“We’re not even sure structurally if it’s going to (pause). We’re still waiting like everybody else for insurance.

Homes next to Goodpaster’s also were not spared. There were bricks and siding ripped off and insulation hanging in trees.

Bricks torn from a historic YMCA building were scattered nearby.

Just a few feet from the destruction, hope was building as volunteers gathered to pack meals.

One volunteer, Karen Kipke says, “Just to give back and help the community. We’ve had friends lose their houses. Luckily, we’re OK. But just doing anything we can do to help.”

Karen Kipke and her daughters worked to lend a hand to neighbors in need.

“Gratefulness and the gratitude that you have. Feeling blessed but then at the same time just the outpouring of what can we do too. Throughout the day I kept hearing that phrase, ‘what can we do to help?’ Several people in this neighborhood just offering to volunteer and pass out any food or supplies.”

Authorities have been helping, and there will be a community clean up day later this week.

Throughout the downtown area power is still running.

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(This story was originally published on March 4, 2020)

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