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Flood fund established to help Kingsport businesses recover

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:00:45 PM CDT
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

As downtown Kingsport continues to recover from devastating flooding, we've learned there's now a call for community help.

The Downtown Kingsport Association has established a flood restoration fund to help these store owners bounce back financially.

Officials told News 5 almost every business downtown received some sort of damage and some of them lost $20,000 to $30,000 worth of inventory.

"None of our businesses downtown has flood insurance," added Sherri Mosley, the executive director of the Downtown Kinsport Association. "[This money] is going to actually be divided up proportionately. Not all businesses need funding, but some need more than others."

The DKA is also calling for manpower help cleanup efforts that will continue through the weekend.

If you want to donate money, you can do that on their website, www.downtownkingsport.org.

You can also mail a contribution to the Downtown Kingsport Association at 229 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

If you want to join the cleanup effort, you can call Sherri Mosley at (423) 246-6550 or (423) 429-1924.