Insurance Payments Fall Short of Repair Costs after Tennessee Tornado

July 25, 2008

Tennessee officials razed fairgrounds bleachers damaged by a tornado in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Cowling said the tornado on May 3 moved parts of the concrete bleachers 2 inches. A structural engineer determined they were unsafe.

City chief of staff Jim Durrett said the city received $8,000 in insurance for the damage — not enough to repair the bleachers.

Durrett also said engineering work is under way for a marina at Fairgrounds Park and the layout of the park is likely to change.

The tornado also wrecked the adjacent Wilma Rudolph Pavilion and the city is working on an insurance settlement for it.

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle,

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