Preliminary damage surveys begin in Middlesboro

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The flood waters are long gone, but the mud still remains in neighborhoods in Middlesboro. Now crews are quickly checking out that damage in order to make an important deadline.

The Middlesboro Community Center is serving as a staging ground for local and state EMA officials.

As neighborhoods try to clean up from all the mud, 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, Bell County EMA Director.

Wilson said this is just a quick survey, nothing too elaborate.

"There is a threshold that we have to meet as far as damage to qualify for FEMA. We want to meet that threshold," said Wilson.

Those estimates will give federal officials a starting ground for their assessment.

Meanwhile, for those left cleaning up, it is just a waiting game.

"We're just going to work on it, do what we've always done, make us a home," said Jackie Bolinger.

Officials are quickly compiling those reports because FEMA is slated to be in Middlesboro on Friday. Crews plan to survey about 300 homes in the city.

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