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Energy businesses begin cleanup

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ENERGY-- The Williamson County EMA has confirmed one tornado touched down in the county last night. Because of significant damage to homes and businesses, the Williamson County Board has issued a disaster declaration. 

Trees uprooted, windows blown out and roofs torn from their frames. Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service says its clear from a narrow, well-defined path, a tornado moved through Energy.

"We had several windows that were blown out as the tornado moved across. This was a window here, this was a window, this was a window," Shanklin said as he pointed to damage. 

Tuesday evening the storefront at Renovations was filled with broken glass. 24 hours later, the glass is cleaned up, the windows are covered with OSB, and tarps line the roof. 

"We were actually at home when my dad called and said that he saw the shop on the news. So we high tailed it back down here," said Clifton Reynolds. 

Clifton Reynolds runs Renovations. He says around 20 minutes before the tornado nearly destroyed their building, the last person left for the day. The proof still hangs on the wall and gives Shanklin a better idea of what time the storm moved through.

"When you have a clock, if it was at the exact right time when it quit, then you have the exact time the tornado hit here," said Shanklin. 

Across the street, Steven Martin, the property manager for these duplexes accessed the damage. Broken windows, a damaged garage door and several roofs with shingles ripped off. 

"For the most part, we've already patched this side up and we've got a few more to do down the way," said Shanklin. 

Before any of the businesses move further with cleanup an insurance adjuster will have to take a look and tell them just how bad the damage really is. 

Williamson County officials are asking anyone who sustained significant damage to report it to the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center.  You can contact them at  (618) 997-6541.

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