Wild Fire Destroyed Residences Now Exceed 2000
Nobody knows what the final tally will be but I believe that we are now closer to the ultimate count. The saddest fact of all is that the fires were apparently started by two juveniles. I really can't imagine what was going through their minds.
Now comes the task of cleaning up and making Gatlinburg beautiful again. Lots of debris and many questions about how to handle the sheer quantity of material that has to be hauled off and placed somewhere.
Gatlinburg WILL rebuild, but it will take a LONG time. Our area has lost so many homes but more than that it has lost more than a little bit of its innocence. During trials like this, it is easy to see where a person's heart is as this photo shows...