NASHVILLE, Tenn. — North Nashville is still recovering from the violent tornadoes that tore across Tennessee in March 2020.
Homes in the historically Black neighborhood were among the thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed by the seven tornadoes that ripped apart communities ahead of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In total, the twisters killed 25 people and injured hundreds more.
Signs of the havoc caused by the tornadoes are still visible along neighborhood streets, like where Sam Brown is rebuilding his home. One year ago, a tornado demolished it in the middle of the night.
“You’ll never forget that,” Brown said.
Since then, progress has been slow as Brown, 59, navigates financial challenges and the learning curve of being his own contractor. He described the experience as stressful and frustrating, but is thankful to those who have been able to help him and his wife, Tina Brown, along the way.
He also praised God.
“Without him, I think we’d just never made it,” said Brown, a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church.
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If the work stays on track, Brown and his wife hope to move back home in the next couple of months. He is not sure if finishing the house will feel like a new beginning for the couple because life never stopped, Brown said as he stood in front of his house Monday as construction continued.
But moving back home will be a special moment.
“It’ll mean everything,” Brown said.
Here’s a look at where recovery efforts stand a year after the powerful tornadoes.
Contributing: George Walker IV, Nashville Tennessean
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