KINGSTON (WATE) – Help is on the way nearly one month later for tornado victims in Roane County. The National Weather Service says an EF0 tornado hit just east of Kingston near Third Street on June 10. The city received exciting news Monday that a grant will help offset the cost of repairs for homeowners.
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Right after the storm hit, city leaders say they reached out to Tennessee Housing Development Agency to come look at the damage and see if there was a way to help get tornado victims back on their feet.
Twisted trees, snapped power poles and a ladder are still propped against Joan Clark’s home, which are all reminders of what happened back in June.
“When I had just got to the end of the driveway, the wind started blowing and a tree fell down in the street in front of me,” said Clark.
The tornado that hit Kingston had winds peaking at 80 miles per hour, but one month later, the city isn’t sure if they’ll get assistance from TEMA. However, good news was announced Monday by THDA providing $150,000 for storm victims.
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“This really is just a godsend to some of these people that are going to be able to have some assistance to repair. There’s a process that will be gone through, but at least now we’ll have the potential of $150,000 directly to the citizens of Kingston,” said Mayor Troy Beets.
THDA says nearly 40 homes were damaged in the tornado and this money will help by getting homes back to normal.
“If a homeowner needs a new home because theirs was destroyed, it can do that. If they need a new roof, new gutters, new siding,” said Katie Moore with THDA.
The Clarks weren’t expecting the money, especially because they didn’t have homeowners insurance at the time.
“It’s been tough, we’re on a fixed income,” said Clark.
As the trail of damage disappears, storm victims like Sue Renfro say it’s a help that makes a small town rebound after disaster hits.
“Everyone has been working really hard and it’s looking a lot better,” she said.
Details are still being worked out on how a homeowner can apply for this assistance. If you have questions and would like to apply, you can call the city of Kingston at (865)376-5911 ext. 102.