South Pittsburg mayor plans to extend State of Emergency
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.