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Tornadoes, floods: Challenging 2 years for county agencies

August 12th, 2012 8:19 am by Becky Campbell

 Tornadoes, floods: Challenging 2 years for county agencies

Today marks the eighth day of what promises to be a months-long recovery process for hundreds of Washington County residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by a widespread flash flood during a heavy downpour of rain.

The disaster — which destroyed at least nine homes, damaged more than 100 others as well as one county bridge, — basically comes on the heels of several tornadoes that swept through another area of Washington County last year. Anyone who drives through the South Central area might not even realize what the area looked like in April 2011, but it’s certainly carved into the memory of everyone who lives there or helped them recover.

Both disasters proved to be learning experiences for emergency responders, but constant training is one key to being prepared, according to Chad Bruckman, operations training officer for the Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency.

Read about how local emergency management officials and residents are coping with the challenges from the disasters in Press Staff Writer Becky Campbell's article in the Sunday, Aug. 12, edition of Johnson City Press. The story begins on the front page.

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