Palmetto residents deal with tornado aftermath

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 10, 2013 

PALMETTO -- A day after a tornado tore through a Palmetto community, residents are trying to restore normalcy.

Nancy and John Kadlick lived in one of the five homes severely damaged by the tornado in Tropic Isles RV Park. By late Wednesday morning, with help from their neighbors, the Kadlicks packed up what was salvageable and moved to a new residence two houses west of their damaged home.

"We gotta actually move what we can move and then it's going to be torn down," said Nancy Kadlick, who was sitting in the only room in her home still covered by a roof.

She and her husband were watching television Tuesday evening when the tornado blew through.

"What I had sitting out was flying across the room," she said. "John was sitting there looking at the sky. I told him to get down on the floor."

Palmetto police Deputy Chief Scott Tyler said officials were still assessing

the damage Wednesday. The bulk of the impact from the tornado was on 28th Avenue West and Edessa Drive. Tyler said Florida Power & Light restored electricity to all homes Tuesday night after the tornado knocked it out.

"They worked pretty quickly," he said.

Neighbors said some tornado victims have nowhere to go and are still being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Neighbors drove by in cars and golf carts to look at the storm damage.

John Donnelly, the Kadlicks' neighbor to the east, was relieved to know the couple had found a place to live. He was in his rocking chair when the tornado hit causing minor damage.

"I was sitting inside and I heard a noise," said Donnelly, who compared going through the tornado with a theme park ride.

Richard La Brecque, a Bradenton resident, came to the scene to check on his friend's home. He said his friend, with whom he plays shuffleboard, also lives in Maine and wanted to know her Palmetto home was not damaged by the tornado.

"It was a concern and I wanted to relieve her of anxiety," said La Brecque. "She lives on 12th Street. Everything was OK."

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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