56 Tennessee counties receive federal disaster relief funds for spring flooding
President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Tennessee.
This will make it possible for 56 counties to receive federal funds to help with recovery from flooding and severe storms in February and March.
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“The devastating flooding and severe weather required a comprehensive response and stretched many local jurisdictions to their resource limits,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said. “For the counties working to rebuild bridges, roads, utilities, and other infrastructure, this federal assistance will support their recovery efforts.”
In the Tennessee Valley: Bledsoe, Hamilton, Marion, Rhea and Van Buren Counties are included in the declaration.
"The major disaster declaration covers the time period of Feb. 19, to March 30, 2019, and will allow government entities and certain private non-profits in the eligible counties to apply for reimbursement of specific expenses related to the disaster under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program," a Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesperson explained.
Of Tennessee's 95 counties, 83 were impacted by February's storms.
Senator Lamar Alexander applauded the president for approving the governor's request.
“I commend President Trump for rapidly approving Governor Bill Lee’s request for a major disaster declaration to help the 56 counties that were harmed by flooding and severe weather earlier this year. This federal assistance will help Tennessee communities quickly begin to recover from flooding and severe storms which Gov. Lee estimated cost our state $151 million.”
Senator Marsha Blackburn thanked the president in a tweet.
Representative Chuck Fleischmann also released a statement thanking the president and FEMA.
“I thank President Trump and FEMA for their swift action in approving federal aid for the Tennesseans affected by the devastating flooding that occurred earlier this year. This additional assistance is a necessary step in the recovery process and rebuilding efforts must continue to ensure our communities receive the help they desperately need."
You can read the full release from TEMA about the disaster declaration below: