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Dickson County TN Hit Hard by Yesterday's Storms

By John Disque

East Tennessee was hit hard by yesterday's storms and Dickson County (40 miles south of Nashville) caught the brunt of the action.

Crews have worked through the night and progress has been made: Last night 13,000 people in the area were without power. This morning the number is down to 6,000 but it may be days before the hardest hit areas are restored.

Police are asking curiosity seekers to stay away from the area for their own good. "Anytime there's a disaster you have a lot people wanting to go see it," says Dickson Police Chief Ricky Chandler. "They don't mean bad by doing it, but it gets in the way a lot of times and it does cause some problems. A lot of times there's nails and things around and someone could be injured really easily and that's why we try to keep them out."

City and county agencies are coming together in the area. American Red Cross is on the scene assessing the damage and creating mobile crews to respond to emergencies. Also, some churches in the area are acting as shelter systems and have kept their doors open throughout the night.

Today, Dickson High School will be closed due to roof damage, power outage and other damage to the school itself.

Published April 5, 2011

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