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State says FEMA aid for TN disasters tops $5 Million

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NASHVILLE (WRCB)-- Tennesseans who suffered losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that hit the Volunteer State over the past month have been approved for more than $5 million in federal help.

More than 8,100 Tennesseans have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted $3.4 million in housing assistance grants to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs and almost $882,000 to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and personal property losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration had approved nearly $643,000 for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owner.

They have inspected nearly 4,500 damaged homes and property. Over 4,000 individuals have visited the joint TEMA-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers that are open in affected counties.

On May 1, a presidential disaster declaration made federal assistance available to eligible individuals in Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Washington counties for help with losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding from April 25 to April 28, 2011.

State and federal officials urge everyone in the affected counties with disaster losses to register with FEMA. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362), go online to http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use m.fema.gov on a mobile device. Individuals with a speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

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