Officials assess storm damage in Bradford County

A tornado damaged a three- to four-mile swath near Starke.

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:22 p.m.

State and federal assessment teams were 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 were 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.

"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.

The damage estimate for the county should be available later this week, said the county's Emergency Management Director Brian Johns.

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.

About 100 homes were damaged, Johns said. Some had only minor damage but others now are uninhabitable.

Five businesses also were damaged.

There were no reports of major injuries due to the storm, according to the weather service.

The weather service records showed the storm system dumped heavy amounts of rain, including more than five inches in Interlachen, Keystone Heights and Starke.

Officials assess storm damage in Bradford County

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