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Greene County Requesting Federal Disaster Funds

Trees uprooted after a tornado touched down in Greene County on June 15th (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Greene County Commission applied for FEMA money to help dozens of residents affected by an EF-2 tornado that ravaged the county Saturday.

Although most of the roads are passable, residents were still cleaning up and repairing their homes Wednesday.

“My home has a whole open end on it, all the trees are gone, there’s just debris everywhere, powerlines down everywhere," says Lisa Childress.

A tree lays in the yard of Greene County resident Lisa Childress
A tree lays in the yard of Greene County resident Lisa Childress. (Zach Herndon, WTIU/WFIU News)

The tornado cut a swath behind her home along Highway 54.

Greene County Commissioner Ed Michael says nearly 50 homes and structures were damaged or destroyed during the storm.

Some mobile homes had their roofs blown off and many homeowners don’t have insurance. Michael says the county is asking FEMA for federal disaster dollars.

“Whether we get it or not I don’t know, but we have to try,” he says.

Residents who suffered damage are encouraged to download a disaster assessment form.

Michael says he would like Governor Holcomb to tour the storm damaged areas.

Monroe County also declared an emergency disaster due to significant storm damage in Elletsville.

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