Storm-damaged home was to be source of income for family
Kara Tighe and her husband, John, were watching Channel 3's live weather coverage last Friday evening, when a possible tornado was heading toward their home in Rhea County.
Rhea County was one of the areas hit hard by last weekend's storms. Kara Tighe and her husband, John, were watching Channel 3's live weather coverage last Friday evening. A possible tornado was heading toward their home in Evensville. They didn't feel safe staying in their mobile home, so they ran a short distance to safety.
"We went into our neighbor's basement and we took the dogs. My brother was not far behind and we stayed there. It seemed like it took so long for the storm to actually get here," says Tighe.
She was right. The storms were moving sluggishly at about 20 miles per hour, but it was unmistakable when the storm finally arrived.
"I didn't hear the trees, I didn't feel the trees. All you hear is the hail and the wind shaking the garage and the door to the basement," recalls Tighe.
Her family was very scared. Even her brother who lives next door.
"He doesn't get scared. He's 'the man', but he was actually scared," adds Tighe.
When she went outside the next morning, she was shocked and upset. Her late grandfather's home, also next door, was badly damaged. Part of the roof was blown clean off, and a large tree fell onto it. He lived here for 20 years.
Tighe was going to rent the home and use the money to help pay for her mother's Alzheimer's care which is getting expensive. Unfortunately, the storm got ahead of Tighe's plans.
"There's a lot to do to get the house ready and everything like that. We just didn't get there in time," explains Tighe.
With her husband and brother working, she cares for her mom almost 24/7.
"Everybody needs help. You can't be the only person all the time to take care of somebody. It's not good for you and it's not good for them," says Tighe.
Now she has to figure what to do next.
"I don't have the slightest clue other than if TEMA would be an option. I don't even know where to even begin," admits Tighe.
Another option is to sell the home to someone who can afford to fix it. Tighe says she would consider this if she finds "the right person".
Tighe says her grandfather did not have insurance on the home. The National Weather Service did not receive a report of a tornado that night in Rhea County.