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Faces of the Storm: Chuck Tolbert

Chuck Tolbert was driving back from Augusta to his home on Pylant Crossing when the tornado hit. After making sure his family was OK, Mr. Tolbert had a different breed to take care of.

There were 16 horses in the pasture at Saddlebrook Farms, the training and boarding facility that is the Tolbert's home. Four of the horses were injured from flying debris. Mr. Tolbert said the majority of the injuries were lacerations from wires, and none were life-threatening. The worst was a torn muscle on one of the horse's hind quarters.

"But they were definitely shook up," he said.

Mr. Tolbert spent the rest of the night in the rain, transferring the horses to the Belle Meade Hunt barn on Wrightsboro Road and getting them veterinarian care. After the sun came up Friday, Mr. Tolbert assessed the damage to his property - a 30x60' equipment shed totally gone, a 48x15' horse stall destroyed, the roof torn off of the tack house left soaked saddles and blankets and a horse trailer turned on it's side.

"Over all, we're fairly lucky," Mr. Tolbert said, as he acknowledged others he could see on his street who faired worse.

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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