Clean Up Begins For Families Hit Hard By Paris Tornado

  Families hit hard by an EF1 tornado in Paris Tuesday said they are just starting to pick up their lives.

  Residents were evacuated from Vine Street because of a tornado and gas leak. 

They were let back into their homes after electricity was restored to the area Wednesday afternoon.

 Many are coming into the neighborhood, volunteering to help those hit hardest by the tornado.
  Jeff McFarland, the battalion chief of the Paris Fire Department, is among those  cleaning up streets on his day off.

"It’d be unspeakable if we weren’t there for our own community," said McFarland. 

One resident he is helping is a former Paris fire chief, James Fomas.

Fomas’ home was damaged in the storm. He said he will have to have his roof replaced as well as his kitchen window.

"It was so close it was disorienting. I opened the door and a 2-by-4 shot
through the window. It hit my stove," said Fomas.

Johnny Plummer, the Paris city manager, said 20 to 30 homes are damaged and there are at least two total losses.

  Plummer estimated the city will have most of the debris picked up by Monday or Tuesday.

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