Emergency management agencies in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama said they do not have any reports of missing people who had not been located as of Friday.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said all agencies he has spoken to consider the search-and-rescue phase of the storm recovery to be completed.
“That doesn’t mean we couldn’t find someone, but the locals wouldn’t rest until everyone had been accounted for,” Heidt said.
In DeKalb County, where 34 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed, officials said the chances of someone still being in the rubble was “extremely low.”
“All the areas have been searched and searched again,” said Darrell Lester, with the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency. “We’ve identified everyone.”
Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...