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Lincoln, Bordering Counties To Get Federal Aid In Wake Of Tornado

Lincoln, Bordering Counties To Get Federal Aid In Wake Of Tornado

CREATED May 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A disaster declaration has been granted for Lincoln County and its bordering counties for flooding and tornado damage last month.

The declaration includes Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties in Tennessee. Homeowners and businesses affected by the bad weather will be eligible for low-interest federal loans.

On April 28, Tennessee experienced an outbreak of severe storms producing heavy rain, hail and damaging winds.

One of the homes destroyed belonged to Glenn Sandmeyer and his family.

"They're coming along a little at time, getting rid of demo stuff, and get it cleaned off so we can start all over again,” he said.

Sandmeyer said he is going to build a new home to replace the one destroyed by April's tornado.

The storm destroyed and damaged more than 330 homes, but people are rebuilding.

Lincoln County does not qualify for FEMA money. County Mayor Peggy Bevels said ­­­there isn't enough uninsured devastation.

“We will not reach that because we can't count the school. We can't count houses that were insured,” she said.

Mayor Bevels also said she will continue to work for state grant money to help home and business owners who don't have insurance coverage.

The tornado also hit South Lincoln Elementary School. The tornado killed two people and injured six more.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)