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Damage assessments begin in Sullivan, Washington counties in wake of destructive storm

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Storm damage on home in Rock Springs Road (Source: Mark Hagy) Storm damage on home in Rock Springs Road (Source: Mark Hagy)

 Damage assessments from the storms that ripped through the region Sunday were just getting underway Monday morning, with reports of destroyed or damaged homes and debris-strewn roads but no deaths.

Nes Levotch, Washington County, Tenn., Emergency Management Agency director, said the main problem he saw was debris from homes and trees, though he did note that some homes received significant damage.

 He thought preliminary numbers on the cost of the damage or number of homes affected may be ready by Tuesday.

The community of Gray in Washington County and area just north of there in Sullivan County appeared to be hardest hit from Sunday's storms, with reports of widespread damage on Mitchell Road and Fordtown Road.

Jim Bean, Sullivan County, EMA director, said so far at least 20 homes had received some kind of damage, including a destroyed home just off Rock Springs Road.

He was out with assessors from the National Weather Service to determine the track of the storm.

Bean said he, too, expected to have preliminary damage numbers to provide the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency by Tuesday morning.

He added that the county highway department was out clearing numerous trees from the roads along the path of the storm.

 TEMA spokesperson Dean Flener said county EMAs will report damage assessments to TEMA to aid in determining if federal disaster declarations can be made for affected counties.

News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern traveled to Sullivan County and spoke with homeowners working to restore a sense of normalcy.

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