UPDATE: Storm relief efforts continue in Bradley County
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- Here's the latest on recovery efforts in Bradley County.
Bradley County has hired and trained 24 workers to monitor debris and brush removal from the areas devastated by the April 27th tornados.
True North Emergency Management, the company contracted to manage the debris
Removal, announced the hiring at Monday's Bradley County Commission meeting.
Crews removing debris are concentrating on the hardest-hit areas with nine teams.
The Bradley County EMA reminds residents they can help the debris removal process by separating vegetative debris from construction and demolition debris where practical.
FEMA guidelines require it to be placed on the road right-of-way but not on the roadway and kept out of the drainage ditch if possible.
Crews cannot remove debris from private property.
With the debris removal in its fourth day, EMA Director Troy Spence says FEMA and
Bradley County officials are turning their attention to the growing housing need for disaster victims.
FEMA officials report they now have names and addresses of 30 Bradley County citizens who need a place to live.
If you have rental property available, it can be listed on the Bradley County website by calling the Mayor's office at 728-7146.
The FEMA Disaster Relief Center is still taking applications from disaster
victims at its location on Church Street in Cleveland.
However, plans are underway to open a second Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Dalton Pike.
The new DRC will open Wednesday at noon. The hours of operation will be announced later.
The Bradley County Health Department reports there is a need for new child safety seats to replace those blown away or damaged by the April.
Health Department Director Eloise Waters says about 50 high-back booster car seats are needed along with about 25 convertible car seats.
If you can provide a new child's car seat for a disaster victim please contact the Health Department at 728-7020.
The Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee established by the Mayors' Coalition reports they now have a large warehouse available to accept and store building supplies.
The building materials will be used to help storm victims repair their damaged homes.
Any kind of building supplies such as 2 X 4s, roofing materials, sheetrock or concrete block will be accepted.
To donate building supplies to the long term recovery effort contact Annie Kinworthy at 476-6947.