Excess of $4 million worth of damage to roads, homes, businesses in Roane County

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Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services is estimating an excess of $4 million worth of damage based on preliminary damage assessments. 

The Roane County Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security is also offering residents a way to communicate any flood or weather related damage they’re compiling into a list for FEMA/TEMA reports via its Facebook page, here

Director Tim Suter telling WATE 6 On Your Side, “We are in the very early stages of gathering this information. We have collected data from our municipalities and other county departments and early estimates look to be in excess of 4 million dollars in damages.  We have identified about 50 private residences that have some level of damage related to the storms.”

Suter adding that number is increasing every day based on their surveys. 

Roane County businesses are also continuing to report damages from the storm, according to Suter. 

“We have had a couple days to dry out, but are expecting more rain in the next few days,” he said. 

Earlier Wednesday, Roane County’s road superintendent Dennis Ferguson confirmed Wednesday afternoon there is at least three million dollars-worth of road damage in the county, adding that number is “just an estimate.”

Ferguson also said the county road crews have been out since last week surveying the damage, utilizing drone footage as well. 

The road superintendent has also been keeping residents updated and informed via the Roane County Highway Department’s Facebook page, which can be found here

WATE 6 On Your Side is working to learn more about these numbers, as well as if or when those estimates both Suter and Ferguson shared will change. 

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