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UPDATE: City officials assess flood damage in South Pittsburg

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SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Thursday was a long day for residents and officials in South Pittsburg as they work to clean up after Wednesday night's flood. The shock is wearing off into reality of the work it will take to get the city back to normal, and the price tag that could go along with it.

Not even 24 hours after flood waters ripped through the city of South Pittsburgh, city officials were working to clean up the mess and assess the damage.

City buildings like the senior center and city hall were caked with mud and water. City administrator Sammy Burrows says the preliminary estimate to fix the South Pittsburg Elementary School is a half a million dollars.

"Knowing this is budget time for us and knowing the situation with money, it hurts to see this because we don't have the resources to do what we need to do," Burrows said.

The city will also likely lose three police cars to flood damage, and three bridges will need repaired in Richard City.

"Of course the downtown area is upsetting when you have, and they're almost all independent, small businesses downtown, when you see this type of damage and devastation," said Mayor Jane Dawkins

Dawkins said it could take a year for the town to get back to normal. A big focus will be getting South Pittsburg back open for business.

"Get our front street open back up, and our businesses is what drives us with the sales tax. We're trying to get that open back up for them. They got a lot of damage, so I'm not sure when that will open back up,"

Burrows and Dawkins both vow to find money for the repairs.

TEMA has been doing assessments, and officials are hopeful they'll be able to help with the costs.


"We're going to get through it. This is a good town. Citizens will step up," Burrows said.

 

It's been a sleepless night for many city officials here in South Pittsburg. Wednesday night it was a rescue mission for the citizens. Thursday it's assess the damage and begin the clean up process.

Exact figures are still being determined. The city will likely lose three police cars to flood damage.

Buildings like city hall and the senior center are caked with mud and water. Eight senior citizens are displaced from their homes at Chester Palace Senior Apartments.

But the worst of the damage will likely be at South Pittsburg Elementary School, where preliminary estimations are a half million dollars in damage.

Now the question is, where will the money for repairs come from.

"It's budget time for us and knowing the situation with money it hurts because we don't have the resources to do what we need to do," said Sammy Burrows, South Pittsburg City Administrator.

The Marion County emergency management have been going door to door assessing damage.

Tema is also in town to get those figures to see what they can do to help.

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