PHOTO SUBMITTED Heavy rain caused an earth slide beside this home on Bull Mountain Road Friday evening. The slide dumped dirt and debris into the road, which had to be cleared by crews with the Cocke County Highway Department.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-07-23 10:10:17)
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

DEL RIO—Strong thunderstorms, dumping heavy rains, caused major damage to roads and property in Cocke County last week.

Cocke County Road Superintendent Kenneth Ford met with Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, state Rep. Jeremy Faison and state Sen. Steve Southerland on Monday assessing damage to roads in the Del Rio area, which were hardest hit on Friday evening.

Ford and Assistant Road Superintendent Lonnie Ottinger worked up an estimate of the damages totaling between $200,000 and $250,000, in hopes of getting financial relief from FEMA and NRSC (Natural Resource Conservation Service).

Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore and EMA Director Patrick Sheldon are reportedly working with FEMA to see what assistance may be available.

"There is similar damage in another county in East Tennessee and we're waiting on an assessment to see if we can get assistance," Moore said at Monday's Finance Committee meeting of the Cocke County Legislative Body."I just wanted you to know what we're facing."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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