Eaton County Still Waiting For State Help After Tornado

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

It's been said that time heals all wounds, but two weeks hasn't been enough time to fix the damage, both structural and emotional, in Potterville.

"He doesn't have a house anymore, he just has a slab," says Kenneth Hall of his father, Wiley.

Hall and his wife Gabriella have been taking care of hall's father non-stop for two weeks. nHe lost his home to the tornado and is now living in a trailer on that property.

"You try to stay focused on the positive," says Gabriella. "I try to tell Dad 'You're going to have a brand new house!'"

But not everyone is faring as well.

Neighbors tell us some people on the block were uninsured and are dealing with tens of thousands of dollars of damage out of their own pockets.

Sgt. Aaron Brown with Eaton County's Emergency Services says a request was made to Governor Granholm last week that she declare the area a "state of emergency."

That request has produced no response so far.

They stand to receive up to $30,000 in assistance, money they need desperately.

Sgt. Brown says the estimated cost of insured losses (homes, etc.) is $2.5 million, not to mention the costs for county and city overtime, response and equipment use.

It's not too late, however, for Granholm to declare the area an disaster zone and give those funds.

In the meantime, high winds and strong rains were adding insult to injury Friday, as people continued repairing the area.

"It's just a matter of everyone putting their lives back together," says Gabriella Hall.

From the looks of it, that's likely easier said than done.


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