One month after Palm Coast tornado, neighbors rebuild homes and lives
By Jackie Orozco, Reporter
PALM COAST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
It has been one month since an E-F1 tornado hit Palm Coast. Today, residents say things are looking much better.
Last month's twister had winds of up to 110 miles per hour, ripping through 200-plus homes and destroying seven. The city estimated $7.2 million in damages. Palm Coast officials declared a state of emergency within days.
"Everybody did their job, even FEMA came out here," said a tornado survivor Sally Corwin.
Corwin is thankful for the city's quick response. Within weeks, she had her roof repaired.
"Everything is done and it was like a relief," she said.
The city expedited permits to fix homes quickly, and nearly 90 other permits are being processed now.
"We had 398 tons removed, whether that was chipped up or tree limbs and so forth," said Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle.
On top of the debris, city officials said they had to worry about contractors.
"We had three contractors escorted out of town by the state," said Chief Beadle.
Luckily, no one was ripped off, and more importantly, no one was killed in the tornado.
"This whole event, and I don't mean the way it sounds, but it was a training experience for us and the city. We found out we can handle these kinds of emergencies," said the chief.
Corwin said it's starting to feel like home again and during the whole rebuilding process, she made some new friends too.
"We began to really know the neighbors here," said Corwin.
Residents who may have issues with their insurance companies or have questions about how to make repairs on their homes are asked to contact the city at 386-986-2360.