Homes damaged, destroyed in Gordon County - CBS46 News

Homes damaged, destroyed in Gordon County

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GORDON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A storm that ripped through north Georgia damaged or destroyed numerous homes in Gordon County.

Wednesday night, Richard Cooper, with Gordon Emergency Management, said 200 to 300 homes were off their foundations or without roofs.

Cooper said eight people were injured, two elderly people sustained severe injuries with compound leg fractures. They were taken to Erlander Hospital in Chattanooga.

Scott and Barbara Rainwater were in their home on Highway 53. Barbara Rainwater made it to the basement, but the roof fell on Scott Rainwater. His foot was broken and knee shattered, according to the Rainwaters' grandson, Joe Bunch.

Bunch said he drove up on the wreckage of his grandparent's home minutes after the storm came through. He said he got his grandparents into his truck and to the ambulance on the street. Bunch said a young girl across the street was also injured when her family's house collapsed.

Emergency officials said all the homes in a subdivision on Beason Road were damaged.

"You know you hear the roar that you always hear about," said Keith Stanfield, whose home in Calhoun was destroyed. "When it came down, I was in the living room."

The roof collapsed but Stanfield said he was able to crouch under a countertop and was not injured. He crawled out on his hands and knees through the front door.

"It's moved the whole house from off the foundation," said Stanfield.

Much of the damage was near Beason and Hayes roads.

"You could hear a big roar and about that time, everything just went pitch black," said Clint Hayes. "Stuff flying everywhere and it was over within a matter of about 10 seconds."

Several residents came home from work to size up the damage.

"Nobody wants to go through that, but what do you do?" said Mary Pettit, whose garage was destroyed. "You just start over. You just move forward and keep going."

Sheriff's deputies directed traffic throughout the day and were allowing only residents to return to the hard-hit area as of Wednesday night. A curfew was also put in place from dusk until dawn.

The county set up an emergency shelter at a local shelter for 19 residents.

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