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Supplies available to South Pittsburg flood victims

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South Pittsburg city leaders turned their attention to helping the citizens clean up their homes Saturday. This comes three days after a flash flood left the city with millions in damages.

They remain hopeful they will qualify for federal help.

Officials told Channel 3 on Saturday South Pittsburg is about at the half-way point to qualifying for some government money, and there's still assessments that need done.

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City officials and emergency crews have been working around the clock after Wednesday night's flood, and they spent their Saturday out in the neighborhoods handing out supplies.

A group called Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Incorporated out of Nashville dropped off a truck load of all sorts of items totaling nearly $70,000. City leaders said it's much needed.

"Surprisingly there's more damage to individual homes than we anticipated. We're seeing a lot of people with a lot of water in their basements and in their homes, and so they're just trying to dig out right now," said South Pittsburg City Administrator Sammy Burrows.

Thelma Hutchinson is one of them. She was out of town on Wednesday, and she came home to find her floors had been soaked in water.

"It kind of touched me when I saw it on the news. So to come back and see my town like this, it kind of hurt a little bit," Hutchinson said.

She stopped by the city's police and fire department to get some cleaning supplies on Saturday.

Burrows said he wants people to let the city know if they've had any damage. He and other South Pittsburg officials are working with TEMA to see if they meet the requirements to get federal money.

He said TEMA has already counted about $4.5 million in public damage as of Friday evening. They're still waiting on a total for road damage.

"We could possibly reach the $8.5 million threshold. We're not giving up on that," Burrows said.

While he hopes to get that money, he also hopes more people will step up to volunteer to help the citizens.

The city set up a call center Saturday to help organize volunteers, but Burrows said he wished that phone rang more than it did.

Still, he commends the emergency workers who were volunteering their time.

"This is coming from the heart right now. They're not asking for pay. They want to get our town put back together," Burrows said.

South Pittsburg residents can pick up supplies like food, cleaning and personal hygiene items from the police and fire department.

Burrows hopes to have more volunteers calling the call center next week. The number to call is (423) 486-2151.

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