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PHOTO GALLERY: Hawkins lost out on state disaster relief due to lack of damage assessors

September 24th, 2013 6:05 pm by Jeff Bobo

PHOTO GALLERY: Hawkins lost out on state disaster relief due to lack of damage assessors

It may not be visible to the untrained eye, but the roof of this house on Ross Campground Road in far eastern Hawkins County was lifted up and set back down on the house during a May 22 storm. See other photos from that storm below.

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County lost out on thousands of dollars in disaster relief aid this past May because many storm victims didn’t know where to report their storm damage. 

That’s why a class will be scheduled in Hawkins County sometime before the end of November training civilians to become certified storm damage assessors.

The class will be taught by TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency), which has yet to set a date and location for the class.

On May 22 areas of far eastern Hawkins County were hit with major downdrafts that took down trees and electric poles, and also damaged homes and other residential structures. 

If the county accumulates more than $196,000 worth of uninsured damage it is eligible for state aid. 

In the May 22 storm Hawkins County documented $160,000 worth of uninsured damage, but that didn’t include property damage which wasn’t reported until it was too late.

Read more in Wednesday's print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition. 


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