FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT)- The National Weather Service says an EF-2 tornado moved into DeKalb County from Etowah last Tuesday morning. The tornado did a lot of damage, but county officials say the rain the storm put down did even more damage. Yet, despite the destruction, the county has not been declared a federal disaster area, even though Limestone County did get a declaration.
“From what I understand the areas that they went ahead and declared disaster areas were areas where there was no question that it was going to happen, they needed to go ahead and get those people working,” says DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton.
The federal government requires damage to meet a certain monetary level, based on population. It was clear right away that Limestone County had met that level, but the feds are still trying to decide if DeKalb and Etowah did as well.
“They want to see the damage that was done. And if our figures agree then we are good. They will make that recommendation to director Fugate and then he will take it to the President.”
Clifton says most of the damage actually came from the heavy rain in the storm. Five bridges are closed because of flood damage. He says those bridge will likely have to be torn down and replaced. He says a number of roads were also washed away.
The county could learn later this week if it’s approved for FEMA assistance.