A police officer walks through floodwater in downtown Kingsport on July 17. Photo by Ned Jilton II.
KINGSPORT — The Downtown Kingsport Association has distributed more than $61,000 to 37 downtown business and property owners for clean-up costs, inventory loss and restoration expenses cause by the flash flooding event that hit the Model City on July 17.
The names of the 37 businesses and how much each one received are not being released, despite some of the money coming from an arm of the city of Kingsport.
More than 60 businesses in a 20-block area of downtown Kingsport were impacted by the sudden storm that hit Northeast Tennessee on the afternoon of July 17.
The next day, the DKA launched a fundraising drive for flood relief for the affected businesses and a telethon was held on WKPT-TV to bring in additional needed dollars. The United Way of Greater Kingsport donated $5,000 to the cause, while Mayor Dennis Phillips asked and received the support of the Kingsport Economic Development Board to the tune of $25,000.
The KEDB is a separate arm of the city that acquires, leases and sells properties on behalf of the city, along with managing two Kingsport business parks — Brookside and the Regional Service Park. Economic development incentives, such as those for the Kingsport Pavilion and East Stone Commons, have also gone through the KEDB with the funding coming from the city.
Through donations, the telethon and the two big donors, the DKA raised $61,700 for flood relief. DKA director Sherri Mosley said this week another $3,000 from other sources could be coming in soon.Read more of this story in Sunday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.