Three months after the tornado, the demonstration continues in Dresden

DRESDEN, Tennessee — Three months after a tornado hit a local town, their recovery is just beginning.

“The tornado moved along the back of these buildings and destroyed all the buildings on this side. So every building on the south side of our square is demolished, demolished and removed,” said the mayor of Dresden , Jeff Washburn.

Washburn says it’s sad to see the buildings go, but he’s looking forward to what’s to come.

“A lot of historic buildings were there. An old bank building which was used as a supervisory office, a probation office and many old buildings, an old fire station which used to be there. So it’s a sad event that we’re demolishing these buildings,” Washburn said.

Washburn says a lot of new buildings will be built, but in a different way than before.

“City complex there. It will have our town hall, our meeting room, community room, combination which will also be a safe room. We’re also going to have our police department and our fire department comprising about 20,000 square feet of this area just to my left here,” Washburn said.

He says it’s devastating to see all the historic homes, businesses and churches destroyed, but says what lies ahead will reshape the entire community.

“We have a lot of hope for our future here in Dresden. We think it will be a bright future, a brighter future for our community after the storm, once everything is fixed,” Washburn said.

Washburn says the rebuilding project will begin this summer. He says they hope the buildings will be completed within at least a year.

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