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Hundreds of volunteers give aid in Cumberland Plateau

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LIVINGSTON, TN (WSMV) -

About 300 volunteers have given aid in the Cumberland Plateau, one of the areas hit hardest by twisters Friday night.

The groups of volunteers, including some from the Red Cross, have been giving out meals and helping with cleanup and damage assessment.

Patrick Martin, director of the Community Prevention Coalition said, "We have people that are trying to get supplies out to the people who need supplies, we've got clean up crews that are coming in to clean up what we can clean up."

Volunteer Brandi Tayse came to help on her day off. "We are collecting food and perishable items, hygiene and stuff, for all the victims that lost everything."

Homeowners in Jackson, Putnam and Overton have seen some of the worst destruction, with an EF2 tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service, with winds measured at 125 mph.

Jackson County Schools will be closed Monday as families try to come to terms with the damage and the aftermath.

"Well it sounded just like the train or a heavy roller coaster, like being on a roller coaster," said Kelly Connor, who lives in Overton County.

Connor's family got to safety just in time. "They flickered and then the lights went completely out and then we all got down and it came across."

The Kelly's came out to find part of their roof was gone, and the southern part of the house was destroyed. They found their neighbor's garage was destroyed.


Across town the damage was worse. A local preacher's house was torn apart, his truck flattened. His family said he was in church Sunday morning, preaching.

The clean up may take weeks, but as daunting as it may seem and in the wake of all the destruction, the people in Overton County are grateful for one thing.

"Our neighbor's garage is in our backyard, but we're alive, yes," said Connor.

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