Posted on by wesmorgan
““They passed through the ruins of a resort town and took the road south” (The Road, p. 25).
McCarthy may just have been a few years too early in describing a walk through Gatlinburg, TN, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to very strong winds yesterday’s fires in the Smokies spread into town with devastating results.
For many years my cousin(now deceased) and his family had a chalet on a mountainside above Gatlinburg. In a phone conversation with his widow yesterday, she said she’d heard nothing about the mountain home, except that one down the street from hers was destroyed by fire. It doesn’t look good. Officials are supposed to let everybody in range of the fires know about the status of their homes, but when that will be is anyone’s guess. East Tennessee has been hit hard.
According to today’s news the death count for the Gatlinburg fire is now at thirteen. There have been 1,000 structures damaged or destroyed by the fire.
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