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Recovery efforts in Lincoln County continue

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder addresses the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. (Elk Valley Times photo)

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder addresses the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. (Elk Valley Times photo)

Emergency personnel from all factions of recovery following Monday night’s deadly F-3 tornado in Lincoln County gathered Thursday morning to formulate a plan to help with recovery efforts. The emergency management officials have released the following information for victims and their families, as well as those wishing to assist in the response effort.

The areas most impacted by the tornado’s devastating path will remain under limited access for the remainder of the week. The areas could be opened as soon as Saturday morning, if authorities are confident that residents have completed the removal of valuables from their homes.

Badges for residents, volunteers and contractors, allowing them access to the impacted areas, continue to be available at the Command and Information Center located at the Park City Baptist Church, 2809 Huntsville Highway.

Also, if you have resources to offer in the recovery effort, please contact the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency at (931) 438-1575.

For those impacted: 

• Lunch and dinner meals are being served daily to those impacted by American Red Cross teams at New Hope Baptist Church, 359 Corders Crossroads Road, (located at the corner of Corders Crossroads and Smith Mill Road).

• A First Aid Center is located at the Howell Hill Community Center, 474 Old Lincoln Road.

• Portable toilets have been located at the following points in the impacted area –

Smith Mill Road and Harbin Road

Smith Mill Road and Raby Road

Smith Mill Road and Old Lincoln Road

Price Lane

• Clothes washing facilities have been made available at Park City Baptist Church, 2809 Huntsville Highway.

• Showers can be taken at Patrick Rehab Wellness, 1001 Huntsville Hwy., Highland Rim Elementary School, 111 Highland Rim Road, and Flintville School, 37 Flintville School Road.

• The distribution point for donated items, Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC), is at the Prospect Baptist Church, 32 Prospect Road. The church is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Saturday, May 10. Please bring a form of ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.), as well as proof of home address (such as a utility or other household bill, car registration, etc.).

• Trees and brush should be taken to the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Convenience Center at 37 Burklin Street, off the Thornton Taylor Parkway in Fayetteville. You will have to cross the scales, but you will not be charged for these items. If you do not have Lincoln County tags on your vehicle, please provide a utility bill or some form of  identification showing you’re a resident of Lincoln County.

• Construction and demolition materials (carpet, sheetrock, roofing, shingles, etc.) should also be taken to Lincoln County Convenience Centers. You will be charged for the disposal of these items, but your insurance should reimburse you (please retain your receipts). Again, if you do not have Lincoln County tags on your vehicle, please provide identification showing your residency here).

• Persons with insurance questions and/or issues may contact Vickie Trice with the Tennessee Department of Insurance at (615) 532-5329.

• The Prospect Baptist Church will also serve as the site for lost and found items.

For those wishing to assist:  

• Donated items should be taken to the old Woody Anderson Ford dealership at 2226 Huntsville Hwy., Fayetteville. The site will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Items needed, in particular, include cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, gloves, trash bags, flashlights, batteries, mops, brooms, and buckets. *No clothes, please.

• Monetary donations, for the benefit of impacted individuals and families, are

being accepted at all branches of the Bank of Lincoln County. Donations to

Disaster Relief for Lincoln County may also be mailed to the Bank of Lincoln

County, P.O. Box 778, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Funds will be disbursed through

coordination with local officials. Any questions, please call Riverside Christian

Academy at (931) 438-4722.

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