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Cookeville Mayor: 'Our [tornado relief] donations caused Venmo to break.'

Officials give updates to tornado relief efforts
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Posted at 8:11 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 21:12:02-04

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Cookeville and Putnam County officials gave updates to the ongoing tornado relief efforts. One of which, was that so many people tried to give toward the donation fund on Venmo, that it broke the app.

"We helped Venmo discover they didn't want to take donations anymore...Our donations caused Venmo to break so that is not an option anymore," said Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shleton.

Fundraising and relief efforts continue at several bank locations as well as Paypal.

Volunteers can have a moment of rest and get some food at the Double Springs Church of Christ. Officials asked any large company wanting to donate food to call: 615-853-3975.

The National Guard arrived Tuesday, bringing in large trucks and equipment clearing right-of-way.

Sheriff Farris released the following updates:

  • Highway 70 opened this morning, the rest opened tonight at 6 p.m.
  • The speed limit is now 30 mph
  • Side roads still closed to thru traffic
  • Curfew is no longer in place for impacted areas.
  • Officials are monitoring social media for scams