Palm Coast continues cleanup following EF-1 tornado
By Jackie Orozco, Reporter
PALM COAST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A massive cleanup is underway in Flagler County after a tornado destroyed seven homes and trashed more than a hundred others. Several people living on Bannbury Lane had their roofs ripped off by the tornado, and it may take weeks until they're fixed, so many are forced to live somewhere else.
"Half of the roof came off," said Gary Robinson, a homeowner.
Robinson and his elderly parents can't stay in his home, as the city has deemed it "unsafe" to live there. He believes there is at least $50,000 worth of tornado damage.
"My mom was over there, and I told her to lay down when I heard it. It sounded like a train coming," said Robinson.
On Monday, Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts declared a local state of emergency.
"It's going to allow us to go after federal funding," said Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle. "We think the small business administration will be able to help some of our residents and give them assistance but we need to file the declaration first. We waited until today to get a better grip on what we needed."
The National Weather Service reported that an EF-1 tornado with winds as high as 110 miles per hour went through the Indian Trails neighborhood. About 2,200 homes were left without power and half a dozen homes were destroyed. As of Monday afternoon, power was restored most of the homes.
"This house for instance has roof damage but it also have water intrusion so then you have to get it before it gets to start to mold," said Rick Ambrose from the Paul Davis Restoration Company.
City officials estimate the damage to be around $5.4 million dollars. Roughly 77,000 people live in Palm Coast, but fortunately, no one was hurt. City leaders say if residents don't have insurance, or can't afford to rebuild, to call 386-986-3700.