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Cheatham County continues storm cleanup

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KINGSTON SPRINGS, TN (WSMV) -

Many Middle Tennessee communities will be cleaning up the mess left by last week's storms for quite a while.

That includes Kingston Springs, where a tornado ripped through downtown, damaging several homes and buildings.

Early Monday, the sounds of chainsaws and cleanup were heard throughout the Cheatham County town.

One of the areas hardest hit by the tornado is the town's library. It took only seconds to rip off a piece of roof, but it could take days, if not weeks, to clean up the mess inside.

"We are going to box up the (books) that we know are dry and start looking at the ones that are wet and damp," said Janet Walker, director of the South Cheatham Public Library.

Books, DVDs and CDs cover the library's floor, and Walker says the library also suffered water damage. But as fans continuously run, Walker hopes to save nearly all of the books.

"This community built this library. And I said it's so true, a library is more than a building and books. Its soul is the community that it serves," Walker said.

Wind and hail damaged several public buildings and homes throughout the county. Cheatham Emergency Management Director Edwin Hogan says they have found more than 400 homes with damage.

The total price tag stands at more than $2.2 million.

"We know it will be more. Most of the home owners we talked to and had damage had insurance, but you don't know how much their deductible is or if they're insured totally. So there are a lot of questions to be answered there," Hogan said.

Meanwhile, the library books are being placed in storage so the floor can be redone.

Still, Walker says they were lucky in one important regard.

"Everything here is replaceable, from the chair, to the carpeting, to any books we can't keep," she said.

Cheatham County EMA officials forwarded their damage numbers along to the state and hope to get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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