East Tenn. Town Gets No Fed. Money For Tornado Cleanup

KIMBALL, Tenn. (AP) -- A small southeastern Tennessee town suffered millions in damages after a tornado touched down this week, but the county will not be eligible for federal disaster aid.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said the $2.5 million damage estimate to Kimball, about 25 miles west of Chattanooga, fell short of the requirements for a federal disaster declaration.

He expected though 90 percent of the damages from the F2 tornado on Wednesday night will be insured.

The storms damaged 42 buildings and causing minor injuries to at least nine people, including three children.

Steve Lamb, the county's Emergency Management Agency director, said he wasn't surprised but he expected the tight-knit community will find assistance.

The National Weather Service said the tornado's path was 200 yards wide and 2 miles long, with peak winds reaching 130 miles per hour.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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