County heavily damaged from storm
by: AMANDA HILL BOND, Publisher
Pickett County was hit hard from middle Tennessee storms Monday, April 4th causing much damage to property and power outages.
Water damage from a bad roof leak during Mondayâ€™s severe storms left several classrooms flooded at Pickett County High School. Local contractors worked through the rain and lightning to cover the problem area with plastic to temporarily fix the leak. School staff members worked inside to help get the water out and cover and move classroom equipment. Schools were closed Tuesday to decide how to relocate the classrooms which were flooded and continued with the cleanup. As of presstime, the plans are not know of how the school system will handle permanently repairing the damaged roof.
According to Pickett County Road Superintendent Jimmy Cope, county workers will be working for several days to clear all the debris and downed trees on roads from the storm. There was also many reports throughout the county of roofs being blown apart from homes, smaller structures being destroyed and limbs and trees falling on vehicles.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative reported at the height of the storm, approximately 1,110 customers were without power out of the 3,246 Pickett County customers. Lineman crews were dispatched to repair the many snapped power lines and as of noon Tuesday, 620 customers were still without power.
The Press was unable to obtain information if straight line winds or a possible small tornado caused much of the damage.
Some of the storm-damaged areas were also similar to the pattern of one of the two tornados which devastated Pickett County on April 16th, 1998.