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Four Tennessee counties may get federal aid to make repairs after severe April weather, but Chattooga County, Ga., is likely on its own to clean up after a tornado.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen on Friday signed a request for emergency federal funding for McMinn, Sequatchie, Benton and Rutherford counties.

Georgia emergency officials say the damage in Chattooga County will not meet the required criteria for federal disaster assistance.

"A pretty steep threshold has to be met," said Ken Davis, a spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Sequatchie and McMinn counties did not meet the threshold allowing federal dollars to help individual property owners, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. If the money is approved, it will go to help repair public buildings, utilities and infrastructure as well as pay for emergency work and supplies, he said.

"Sheriff's deputies and police officers definitely had some overtime," Sequatchie County Executive Michael Hudson said.

Neither state emergency agency had completed damage estimates for the storms.

STORM DAMAGE

Tennessee

Bradley County: Trees, power lines down

Dunlap: Roof torn off high school; trees, power lines down

Marion County: Power lines down

McMinn County: Trees and power lines down, some structural damage in Calhoun

Murfreesboro: Tornado, two dead, 41 injured

Georgia

Catoosa County: Trees, power lines down

Chattanooga: Trees, power lines down

Dade County: Trees, power lines down

Summerville: Tornado, roofs torn off downtown buildings, trees and power lines down

Walker County: Trees down

Whitfield County: Power lines down

Source: News reports

Mr. Davis explained the federal disaster criteria require uninsured damage estimates from storms to factor out to $1.24 per state resident and $3.28 per resident in the county.

Based on those figures, the damage total per county would have to be more the $85,000 and the estimate for the entire system across the state would have to be more than $10 million, he said.

"I don't really know to say whether we got a dollar value for FEMA or GEMA or all of them, but we had a lot of damage," said Alan Bryant of Bryant and Sons Lumber Yard in Summerville, Ga.

His store had its grand reopening Saturday after the building's roof was lifted up and shifted during the storms.

"We got knocked out of business for a week and a half," he said.

In Tennessee, Mr. Heidt said Sequatchie County, where an awning blew off the high school and damaged its roof, met the criteria easily because the lower population brings the total estimate level down.

"Sequatchie almost always reaches the threshold," he said.

Mr. Hudson said the county had money in the budget to cover the overtime and some of the other expenses, but the federal money would certainly help.

Mr. Heidt said damaged, uninsured businesses in either state might be able to get help from the Small Business Administration, but for the most part would be on their own.

"What that means is that the local community is going to bear the brunt," he said.

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