Wayne County town destroyed by tornado continues to recover

Lutts, Tenn. after severe storms Christmas Eve 2015. (Photo: WKRN)

WAYNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — One week after a tornado tore through Wayne County, the community continues to come together.

An EF-3 tornado hit in Lutts, Tennessee, and traveled at peak winds 157 mph. Seven people in the town were injured and both a church and post office were destroyed.

(Photo: WKRN)

Click here for full News 2 coverage of December’s severe weather in Tennessee. 

As countless items of food, water and clothing fill Collinwood’s recreation center building, one of the volunteers sorting and distributing supplies for Wayne County tornado victims tells News 2 it’s “all about family.”

Lisa Hudson paused momentarily from her volunteer work at the rec center saying, “We have their back. It’s personal. I grew up in Lutts.”

Lutts is the tiny community in Wayne County which was hardest hit by the tornado.

On Lutts Road Wednesday, the relief effort included an army of both private and public workers who picked up debris and scattered belongings from several homes, a post office and church.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“We have been digging through the rubble and helping out any way we can for these families,” said Martha Shepherd as she wiped her brow while removing branches from the property of man she knows as “Pops” Davis.

The 86-year-old, his son and daughter-in-law survived, but their home was among the 12 destroyed in Wayne County.

Shepherd said she came from Tuscumbia, Alabama to help out the Davis family who she knows from “flea market circles” in the area.

“Those who went through this are still pretty shook up about this,” said Shepherd as she indicated the Davis family has asked for privacy.

Local officials said Governor Bill Haslam’s Chief of Staff Jim Henry and local state lawmakers would be meeting with victims later Wednesday afternoon.


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