Victims, volunteers still cleaning up one week after Claiborne County tornado

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SPEEDWELL (WATE) – Sunday makes one week since an EF-3 tornado hit Claiborne County and parts of Campbell County. The tornado destroyed 11 homes and a business, and damaged dozens of other homes.

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Despite all the damage, people who live in the Speedwell area are counting their blessings.

“The last count I had 22 or 24 homes were destroyed or damages, and not an injury anywhere that I’ve heard,” said Eddie Hoskins.

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His home was severely damaged and he can’t live there until it’s fixed, but he says he’s not worried about all he’s lost.

“This is a good place. The reason this is a good place is because of the people.”

Gina Breeding with Claiborne County Emergency Management says they’re working with multiple agencies to help clean up.

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“We’ve been doing meetings to plan to see what all we would need from each agency.”

This week they’re expecting about 300 emergency workers to help move the debris. It takes volunteers like Boyd and Bonnie Manning to help feed all of those workers.

“As long as they have a demand here and a need, we’ll be here,” said Boyd Manning, with the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.

The emergency crews, including the National Guard and TEMA, will begin moving the debris Monday morning.

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