Teams assess storm damage in Bradford County
Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 3:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 3:06 p.m.
State and federal assessment teams were scheduled to be in Bradford County Monday to assess damage caused by severe weather, including a tornado, last week.
Officials from the teams as well as the county will be in the field estimating the cost of losses caused by the storms. Figures then will be sent to the Florida Division of Emergency Management in Tallahassee to review and determine if there is eligibility for help from any federal disaster assistance programs.
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"Our goal is to complete an accurate accounting of the total damages caused by last week's storm," said David Halstead, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, in a statement.
Last Thursday a tornado caused damage over a three- to four-mile stretch of the county northwest of Starke. The same storm system also spawned a tornado in Charlton County in Southeast Georgia, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
Initial reports after the Bradford County tornado indicated many homes had been damaged but that there were no injuries.
The weather service records showed the storm system dumped heavy amounts of rain, including more than five inches in Interlachen, Keystone Heights and Starke.
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