Home daycare owner still cleaning up week after devastating storms ripped through Charlotte

Home daycare owner still cleaning up week after devastating storms ripped through Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s been seven days since several tornadoes touched down in the Charlotte area, and the devastation from that storm is still apparent.

Channel 9 reported a tree fell on a home daycare in southeast Charlotte when the storms moved through, and the owner rushed the kids out of the room seconds before it happened.

On Thursday, a week after the storm, owner Sherri Wellman took Channel 9 inside the room where the tree fell.

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Workers helped patch up the hole and made the room safe for people to stand in.

Wellman and her husband are still living in the house until they find a place to rent.

It could take six months to a year before construction on her home wraps up.

She has been watching contractors remove trees, sifting through debris and working with insurance agents.

"All the contents that is personal property for us is covered, but they’re pretty sure all daycare things are not covered,” Wellman said.

Tree crashes through daycare as tornado whips through area

In the meantime, she said she has learned that she can lean on her community to help hold her up.

“The main thing I've taken away is just how much people want to help. How many people have reached out to, strangers,” Wellman said.

Her home is just one house in the area with serious damage.

Jennifer Brumer said the storm tore down nearly every tree in her backyard, and insurance didn’t cover most of the damage.

“I had to pay out of pocket $11,000 to get these trees removed out of my yard,” Brumer said. “Right now, I need the logs removed in front of my house. And at this point, I'm sort of out of funds. I've reached in as deep as I can go now."

Even though emergency officials declared a state of emergency for Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, Matthews and Pineville, it's still unclear what kind of assistance will be offered to citizens by the state.

In a statement, emergency management officials said, “We are working through the standard damage assessment process with our state partners. Once we have completed the process, we will be pushing out information about next steps to the community as soon as we are able. We expect the process to take at least a couple of weeks."

The City of Charlotte has FAQs for tree debris and cleanup here. It also has guidelines for how to prepare your yard waste here.

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