Coal Creek Deadwood and
after Tornados and Storms
16 November 2002
The tornados and storms of 10 November 2002, left damage to homes, lives, and property in Coal Creek. Briceville lost Volunteer Fire Department member Glen Poore to a heart attack during the storm. Deadwood and debris once again clogged the bridges throughout Coal Creek, which is the main cause of flooding in the watershed. Volunteers from Clinch River Trout Unlimited, Office of Surface Mining, Windrock ATV Club, Volunteer Riders Club, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Anderson County Litter Grant Program, Anderson County Tourism, Anderson County Highway Department, Geo/Environmental Associates, Coal Creek Scholars, and the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation worked to remove the debris from the bridges and piers. Volunteers also assisted in removing trees and debris that had fallen on Mrs. Curnutt's home, who has donated the use of her land to revive the old Briceville Park. Volunteers from Windrock ATV Club and the Volunteer Riders had previously arranged for a bulldozer to assist in continuing the clearing of the old Briceville Ball Park, so they carried on on Saturday and all day Sunday. The area church ladies cooked and fed lunch to all the volunteers.
To get an idea of what the volunteers were dealing with, click on the images below:
Before shots of bridges:
Our winch system was set in place, and volunteers formed "bucket brigades" and used manpower to remove the debris from bridges to the banks for chipping and removal. The removal is performed by Anderson County Highway Department arranged by Road Superintendent Gary Long.
Fritts, Jr, Herb
Jenkins, Mary Jo
Leinart, Jim and 6
Marathe, Mrs. Andy
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