Businesses damaged in last week’s tornado eager to re-open
The sounds of bulldozers can still be heard in Graves County after last week’s tornado, and for Bennett Motors owner Mike Bennett, the sound could not be sweeter.
"We just can’t believe how far we’ve gotten from all this," Bennett said of last week’s cleanup.
Last week his car lot looked more like a salvage yard after taking a hit from the EF3 tornado. "Getting our hands dirty, shoveling, sweeping. Trying to get this cleaned up," he said.
As a small business owner, the thought of closing for a week was not a prospect he would consider. On Monday, he re-opened thanks to the help of his staff and volunteers. "We all have to make a living, obviously. So, we were just trying to do everything as fast as we could," Bennett told Local 6.
Across the street at Precision Audio, they are boarded up. The building is still standing. As their sign says, they’re open. "I’m lucky, you know, that we didn’t have to go through what they went through," said owner Ronnie Veatch
He said the tornado blew out his front door and shifted the trusses on his roof. A structural engineer is expected to finalize costs next week.
"See how the bad the roof is and if it’s replaceable or if we go to take it off and replace it," Veatch said.
He managed to stay open last week, but the situation was not ideal. Back at Bennett Motors, things are getting back to normal. Bennett’s restocking every day.
"I’ll get it back going full speed ahead pretty quick," he said.