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Assessing storm damage from the ground and the air

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(WRCB) -- A day after severe storms and tornadoes swept through the region, officials and emergency responders are assessing the widespread damage, and Channel 3 took to the air to view the path of the storms.

Hamilton County:

In the affected area of the reported storm damage from the tornado touchdown that occurred yesterday in the Harrison/Ooltewah areas of Hamilton County there are in excess of fifty homes damaged.  

There were 26 reported injuries, of that 26 one was air lifted and 8 transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.  No deaths have been reported

All roads in the affected area with the EXCEPTION of Shortail Springs Rd., Snowhill Rd. from Heron Drive to Shorttail Springs and Kittrell, are open at this time but could be closed at various times due to repair work being conducted by the Electric Power Board.  Anyone accessing these areas should use caution.

The 211 system is being activated shortly and will be the single point resource for anyone needing assistance with shelter, relief efforts or to volunteer.  If volunteers show up at the Command Center located at Ooltewah High School, their information will be taken then forwarded to 211.

Bradley County:

At 9 o'clock Saturday morning, EMA Director Troy Spence, 911 Director Joe Wilson, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland conducted an aerial review of the damage caused to the community by the severe storms that moved through the County on Friday.

All Cleveland city streets have been cleared. Approximately 25 County roads are still affected with trees and downed lines. All are passable as road crews continue to remove debris and clear roadways.

The damage assessment has been revised by the EMA

  • 6 houses destroyed
  • 13 with major damage
  • 20 with moderate damage
  • 48 total affected.
  • Total homes impacted by the storm 87

The EMA estimates total damage at approximately $2,102,476.75.

Two people were injured by the storm and transported to ShyRidge medical center with non-life threatening injuries. Both have been released from the hospital.
The County's permit requirement for open burning has been lifted for County residents affected by the storm. Trees, brush and non-hazardous materials can be burned on private property.

City manager Janice Casteel reminds city residents to seperate brush from storm debris and place it by the curb. City crews will pick ip up as soon as possible.

Cherokee County:

The roof had been removed off Ingles grocery store and the Big Lots in Murphy, along with multiple vehicles damaged by the storm, including a number flipped over in the parking lots of Advance Auto Parts and Sears.

Reports from witnesses say there was heavy damage at the high school, several fast food restaurants including Taco Bell and KFC, and what appears to have been structural damage to the Walmart.

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