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Northwest Tennessee continues cleanup after winter storm

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - January's winter weather nearly crippled parts of northwest Tennessee and crews in that area are still trying to cleanup damage.  
Dyersburg was one of the areas hardest hit by the storm.  In fact, street crews have been cleaning up from last month's winter storm.

"We've had a lot of snow and ice --- more this year than in the last 2 to 3 years and this ice has brought a lot of limbs down," said Dyersburg street supervisor Dale Snyder.

North Dyersburg was hit hardest.  There, debris is still piled up along just about every street.

"We've expended probably close to 400 man hours in Dyersburg Tennessee addressing this," Dyersburg Mayor John Holden said.

Dyer, Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties have now been declared disaster areas - making them eligible for federal money to help repair and replace facilities damaged by the winter weather.
"This is an issue of putting salt on streets that we haven't talked about and making preps prior to the ice storm coming and there are other costs we haven't figured out," Holden said.

Nearly 300 tons of trash has already been cleaned up in Dyersburg.

In Lake county - where the winter storm caused major damage - Dyersburg crews have hauled away more than 300 loads of trash and debris.

"We've been fortunate -- we didn't get hit as bad as some of our neighboring counties," Holden added.

"We hope to have it 95 percent cleaned up by the end of the month...the end of next week," says Snyder.

And as crews continue the cleanup, this city says its prepared the next time a winter wonderland hits the area. 

This coming Tuesday, officials from Dyer, Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties will meet with state and federal officials in Union City to begin the paperwork process in terms of getting some of the money back it cost in the cleanup effort.

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