February 7th, 2008
10:24 AM ET

One town devastated by disaster, looking for help


The destruction left by this week's tornadoes certainly looks like a FEMA-sized job. 

The mayor of Lafayette, TN, seemed overwhelmed when I spoke to him yesterday.  He and the rest of the city's leaders had been up all night trying to coordinate rescue efforts after the deadly tornado. 

The mayor explained that they were able to clear the roads and get the gas turned off in the damaged areas.  But he wasn't sure what to do next. 

He wondered where were the people left homeless going to live?  How were local authorities going to dispose of all the debris?

The answers to these questions might need to come from an agency that's better equipped than this small town of 4,000 people.

-David Mattingly, 360° Correspondent

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