Floods have washed away homes, roads, and caused headaches for hundreds in Washington County, Tennessee.
On Friday, it was a door-to-door walking tour of homes damaged by Sunday's flood. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were busy in Washington, Carter, and Unicoi counties. "What we're doing is gauging the numbers. How much need is there in this particular community," said William Lindsey with FEMA.
With so much damage, News 5 learned there is no timeline on how long it will take to gather and calculate numbers to get assistance before it's sent off. "Which is the governor and then it's up to them to ask for whatever else assistance they need from FEMA," added Lindsey.
Some homeowners may not have been home while FEMA was touring, so they are encouraged to contact their county mayor's office to report any damage.
In Washington County, News 5 learned damage is totaling $5.5 million. "We had 48 mobile homes destroyed, five residences or stick-built homes destroyed, and over 35 major damage," said Chad Bruckman with Washington County Emergency Management Agency.
In the past, FEMA has helped with clothing, food, and rental assistance. But right now they're helping with immediate needs.
Charles Robinson is one of those homeowners and says cleaning this mess is going to cost a lot of time. "[The flood] washed all the stuff out from under my trailer, shifted it, washed my car down to my next door neighbor's house," he said.
Robinson hopes between his flood insurance and help through FEMA he will be able to keep his address on Dry Creek Road.
Emergency Management is also warning homeowners to be cautious as damage assessment continues: Ask anyone who knocks on your door to show identification. If they don't have ID, do not let them in your home. Also, make sure to call law enforcement to report their descriptions.