South Pittsburg mayor plans to extend State of Emergency - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

South Pittsburg mayor plans to extend State of Emergency

Posted: Updated:
SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -

Twelve days after the devastating flood in South Pittsburg, the plea for help is not over. City officials say they still need help repairing parts of their community.

The town is making progress cleaning up after one of its biggest floods in recent memory, thanks in part to the dozens of people who volunteered to help Saturday. But as crews clear mud and debris from the streets, some problems are just beginning to show.

Mayor Jane Dawkins said some folks are just now coming forward asking for help and many of them have been living in flooded homes since the storm.

She also estimated the eight senior citizens displaced from their senior apartments will be without a home for the next 30 days. She said they're staying with family or friends.

Dawkins said it's for these reasons and more that she's looking to extend the town's State of Emergency this week.

"This is a declaration that can actually be extended every seven days and as it looks now, we probably will be extending that by executive order of the mayor," she said.

Channel 3 also reported last week that half the police department's patrol cars were ruined in the flood. A cruiser can cost up to $40,000 and right now that money is focused on flood recovery.

Police Chief Dale Winters told Channel 3 Monday police departments in Manchester and Stevenson, AL have each loaned a car to his department. But he said he still needs two more.

Meanwhile, Dawkins is asking for skilled labor help now. If you think you can help, go to the fire department between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday. But call ahead first.

Dawkins said contributions can be sent to Citizens State Bank at 315 South Cedar Ave. or by calling 423-837-2150.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Sunny and warm.  Heavy pollen.More
    Sunny and warm.  Heavy pollen.
    More
  • A cool start to easter, but warm and sunny this afternoon

    A cool start to easter, but warm and sunny this afternoon

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-04-20 11:08:38 GMT
    (WRCB) - Good Sunday. Your Easter morning has turned out to be just a bit cool with lows this morning ranging from the upper 30s in the mountains to the mid 40s in the valley.This afternoon, we will warm up quite a bit as highs climb to the mid to upper 70s. The low pressure that brought the clouds and light showers yesterday continues to pull away leaving in it's wake nothing but sunshine.The sunny skies continue Monday as we warm up to about 78. The average high is 73.More
    (WRCB) - Good Sunday. Your Easter morning has turned out to be just a bit cool with lows this morning ranging from the upper 30s in the mountains to the mid 40s in the valley.This afternoon, we will warm up quite a bit as highs climb to the mid to upper 70s. The low pressure that brought the clouds and light showers yesterday continues to pull away leaving in it's wake nothing but sunshine.The sunny skies continue Monday as we warm up to about 78. The average high is 73.
    More
  • Kidnapped boy sings gospel song to save his life

    Kidnapped boy sings gospel song to save his life

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:01:56 GMT
    A young boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life. Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway.More
    A young boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life. Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.