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(WBIR-Speedwell) After Sunday's storms destroyed 10 homes and a business near the Claiborne and Campbell county line, the National Guard, TEMA, and other state agencies formed a task force to help with the costly cleanup.

An EF3 tornado touched down in Speedwell, causing an estimated $250,000 to Claiborne County roads alone, according to officials.

"It could be more than that," said David Breeding, Director of the Claiborne County Government Office of Emergency Management Homeland Security. ""In rural areas, of course, everyone is cash strapped."

Breeding said the mayors of Claiborne and Campbell counties asked the state for assistance. Friday, officials with Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Department of Forestry formed a coordinated a task force that will get to work Monday.

"They're bringing equipment and men, and resources. When everything is said and done between all of the agencies, I was told to expect about 150 people Monday," said Breeding. "There are a lot of logistics that go on with it."

Breeding said after the tornado swept through, Claiborne County was pounded with more than three additional inches of rain.

"That kept our crews busy, delaying clean up efforts. We got the roads clear now, but there's still a lot of the debris along the sides of the roads that the task force will haul off," said Breeding.

Residents in both counties are asked to put anything they need picked up near the road to make it easier for crews to collect and dispose of it properly starting Monday.

Breeding said officials were still crunching numbers to present to TEMA. In order to receive financial assistance from FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said the entire state has to rack up $8.7 million dollars in damage.

"We have no idea yet whether we're going to reach that, but with all this that's going on, between us and Campbell, I think it's going to be pretty close," said Breeding.

Monday, the Southern Baptist Convention Tennessee Disaster Relief will be in Speedwell to provide meals for the task force.

"We're so grateful for all of the support from our volunteers, and the group that will be here providing food for everyone all week long," said Breeding.

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