Two reported injured in Bradley County storms
CELEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Initial reports show at least two people have been injured by severe storms that moved through Bradley County Friday afternoon. Both injuries appear to be the result of entrapments and both were transported to the hospital.
One of the individuals, a woman, is listed in stable condition. She was injured when her home, which is located just south of the Belfounte/Old Charleston Rd intersection was completely destroyed. Several other houses in this area also report damage.
Three EMA field assessment teams have returned with the initial damage report. There are three homes destroyed, 12 homes with major damage, 18 homes with minor damage and a total of 45 affected. Much of the damage is in the Candies Lane/Georgetown Road area, Hopewell area and North Lee Highway between Cleveland and Charleston. There are also unconfirmed reports of damage to the Bradley Square Mall on Paul Huff Parkway.
Trees are down across the city and county resulting in several power outages. Cleveland Utilities report 1,041 customers are still without power.
Several roads were closed by falling trees. City and County crews are working to push the debris to the side of the road to clear access for emergency crews and local residents. Fours road are still reported closed at this time but are expected to be cleared in a couple of hours. Volunteer chain saw crews, coordinated by the Bradley Baptist Association will be mobilized tomorrow morning to assist with tree and debris removal. Those needing assistance should call (423) 476-5493.
The Bradley County Sheriff's Department has set up a command post at the Senior Center on Urbane Road. The Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter at St. Therese Catholic Church for those individuals who may not have a place to stay. It is located at 900 Clingan Ridge Drive in Cleveland.