|Aerial photo after the Germantown tornado, November 1994.|
Photo Credit: Commercial Appeal
Personal property damage was extensive, including roofs caved in, second stories collapsed, homes lifted off their foundations, windows broken, fences blown away, and trees downed, in addition to water damage from the heavy rain that accompanied the storm. In terms of structural damage, 28 homes were destroyed and 300 others damaged, with damage estimates totaling $25-30 million. There was significant structural damage to the front of Grace Evangelical Church on Dogwood Road and roof damage to Houston High School, located across the street from Grace church.In addition,
...damage to Person's Gotten Way home [where the fatalities occurred] was so extensive that rescue dogs, helicopter-mounted infrared cameras, search probes, and heavy equipment had to be used to locate the bodies of the dead under all of the rubble. Two people were not recovered until the following morning.I also wrote a recap of the storm on the 16th anniversary, 2 years ago today. I invite you to read (or re-read) these recaps and also check out these pictures taken by current Germantown Deputy Fire Chief Edgar Babian and this YouTube video of search-and-rescue operations taken by firefighter Tony Fischer.
The then-fledgling "Tennessee Task Force 1" urban search-and-rescue squad conducted operations after the tornado struck and just recently returned from more than a week in New York following Hurricane Sandy.
Were you in the Memphis area during this storm and what do you recall?
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