Sullivan County

Financial aid on the way for summer 2013 floods

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Some homeowners will get financial help after severe floods in the summer of 2013.

In July, heavy rains left houses badly damaged in the Kingsport area of Sullivan County.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency says people may have a tough time rebuilding if the disaster isn't bad enough to qualify for federal help.

Executive director Ralph Perrey tells us eight to 10 homes will get fixed. "It's just heart-breaking to see a family that's really been struggling in a badly-damaged home and still having to live there because they have no place else to go. [This aid] is going to help them and the community," he said.

The agency secured a funding match from the Northeast Tennessee Home Consortium for a total of $100,000 allocated to Sullivan County homeowners.

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