Clean Up Continues Across the Scenic City

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Many are still cleaning up after trees fell in the area causing power outages and thousands of dollars in damages.

In one case, a tree fell into the home, caving in parts of the roof.

“It hit all at one time, sound like a bomb going off,” said Bill Johnston as he was describing the damage done to his home.

The damage that was inflicted on the Johnston family home can be seen in these pictures.

You can even see where the tree fell over and caved in the roof.

“My wife went around and said, ‘Oh No!’ I said, ‘What?’ I jump up and we go around and all we can see is the insulation coming down through the hole, water just running all over everywhere,” said Bill Johnston.

Cleaning up will be a bit of a process according to Mr. Johnston. He doesn’t even know how much this may cost him and his family.

“No indication whatsoever , I’m gone say prolly around 5-to-10 thousand dollars,” said Johnston.

“It’s just those cases where we just we don’t know where the power of nature is going to suddenly meet,” said Barry Hildebrandt.

Barry Hildebrandt is the pastor of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church on Hixson Pike which is no more than a street over from where the Johnston’s had their home damaged.

Several trees surrounding his church were uprooted from the storm, and although he is happy that no damage occurred to the buildings he says that his next problem is cleaning up.

“We’ll turn that one into the lord’s hands. Because you know we have insurance on property and you know the buildings that we have, but since we were fortunate none of the trees hit any of the buildings you know they’re not covered under insurance,” said Hildebrandt.

“It’s just a shock and you know things like this can happen and accidents do happen. You don’t think about a big tree coming through the house with you,” said Johnston.

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