By Nick Austin, Meteorologist / Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – In mid-May Bill Chapman was living in a small tent on the front lawn of his parents' Cleveland, Tennessee property after their house was virtually destroyed by a late-April tornado.
It was Chapman's childhood home and he was living with his elderly parents when the storms struck. Chapman was hoping his parents would have a new home by now, but he says their insurance company is stalling.
"We call them and when they do answer and talk to us, it's a run-around," said Chapman.
He said trying to get answers has been like pulling teeth and his frustration has been mounting.
"Somebody ain't got their head sewn on straight," exclaimed Chapman.
While it's been irritating to Chapman, he said the emotional and physical toll on his elderly parents has been upsetting. The one thing the insurance company did for them was cover the cost of a rental property, but the lease is up at the end of November, at which time they'll be on their own.
"That's frustrating for them. That's hard on their nerves and it's hard on their health," explained Chapman.
"The uncertainty of what life has for them now at this point in their life is devastating to them," said J.D. Chapman, Bill's uncle.
When Chapman's not cleaning up around the property, he lays his head down in his makeshift home or works odd jobs to feed him and his dog, Bear.
With a propane tank at arm's length, he said he'll camp out through the winter if it takes that long to reach a resolution.
"I can't take off my skin when it gets that hot, but I got plenty of clothes," said Chapman.