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FEMA officials tour damage caused by flooding

FEMA officials toured with Knox County officials Wednesday to survey the damage caused by flooding around the Kay Jay community. Officials say right now their goal is to see all the properties affected, and make damage assessments.

"We're glad to be out here quickly enough to get the assessments done, but it's tough to put a time table on it. We've got to first survey it all and that will take at least a week. We certainly realize the people need the help as quickly as they can get it," said Simon Chabel, with FEMA.

Chabel says one thing they're looking at is the amount of water that came into the homes. By looking at that, they can estimate how much damage was done.

"Basically we tally all this data up that we're collecting today, and I think for the next week or so, here and in other communities, and then we send it on up and they apply the math and make a decision."

Meanwhile, officials in Bell County are getting ready for a FEMA survey in their area on Friday. Crews are being sent out across the city to put together damage reports.

"Our teams right now are going door to door assessing houses. We have to come up with a number of affected houses," said Paul Wilson with Bell County Emergency Management.

FEMA workers are encouraging people with damage to get in touch with county officials, so it can be reported immediately.


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