Tuesday, July 5

State, federal relief agencies survey Gaylord tornado damage

Gaylord — A team of about a dozen people from federal, state and local agencies wound their way through the Nottingham Forest mobile home park on Wednesday morning, knocking on doors and surveying rubble-filled lots.

As the workers made their way from lot to lot, documenting damage they saw using clipboards, iPads and iPhones to take notes, they mostly encountered destroyed or empty homes, but occasionally arrived at a residence where someone was home.

“You live here? We’re just going around with FEMA and SBA,” a state police officer with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department said to one homeowner on the back edge of the park.

Chuck Mills, 64, searches through the debris of what was his home in Gaylord on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, after a tornado tore through the Nottingham Forest mobile home park on Friday.

Wednesday marked the first day of the preliminary damage assessment process, where officials are seeking to take stock of the extent of the damage caused by the EF3 tornado that tore through the community Friday, demolishing homes, leaving two people dead and injuring dozens of others.

With wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour, the twister ripped through the mobile home park along M-32 — one mile west of Interstate 75 — before hitting Gaylord’s commercial corridor and then taking out more neighborhoods east of I-75.

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