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Speedwell starts rebuilding after tornado; federal help in jeopardy
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(WBIR-Speedwell) Six weeks after an EF3 tornado hit Claiborne County, cleanup is over and the rebuilding is now underway.

Some houses and other structures sustained moderate damage and are patched with tarps and coverings. Some buildings, including the D&P Grocery, are now gone after the structures were too damaged to be repaired.

"I do believe the lady who was trying to rebuild the store said she would try and rebuild it," said Claiborne County OEM director David Breeding.

However, some of the rebuilding will be easier said than done. Breeding said they need more than $7 million in storm damage totals in one evening to get federal disaster relief. He said the county accounted for a tenth of that amount, all in uninsured claims. That means the county is ineligible to receive federal grants.

"As for federal help, it's pretty much no right now for that particular storm. We have applied for state grants that pass through federal money," Breeding added.

He added combining other counties' damage from that evening still did not reach the benchmark. About $250,000 in damages were on the roadways. Breeding said volunteers in the area helped with the cleaning, and hopes they will help with the rebuilding too.


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