Up close: See new photos, video inside Gaylord mobile home park hit hardest by tornado
GAYLORD, MI — It’s been a strenuous, long string of days.
In the aftermath of the storm that killed two and injured 44, Nottingham residents are starting to pick up the pieces of their shattered community.
Many of which are continuing to search for what they can salvage more than a week after the May 20 tornado that destroyed dozens of homes in Gaylord’s Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park — a 74-home neighborhood hit hardest by the EF3 twister.
“It looked like a bomb went off,” said Steven McClure, a resident in the mobile home park.
The 150-mph tornado left behind a trail of splintered wood, shredded insulation and piles of debris at the mobile home park.
Displaced families are living with friends, family or at an American Red Cross emergency shelter while they figure out the next steps.
Residents have been sifting through the debris, some finding their homes relatively unscathed, since police reopened the mobile home park on Sunday.
McClure tacked a tarp onto his roof to safely move back into a house with his girlfriend, Rachel Hood, and their one-month-old son Theodore.
Their home, which is damaged but still standing, is across the street from an entire block that was wiped out by the tornado.
“I didn’t know who was alive. I didn’t know who I was going to see again,” McClure said.
Watch the video above or click through the gallery below to get an intimate look at the immense amount of damage delivered by the tornado in the mobile home park.
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