'Hamilton County and six others eligible for grants for flooding relief' says Rep. Fleischmann
With this summer's heat, it's hard to imagine heavy rain, flooding and landslides were reality for East Tennessee just months ago.
In Hamilton County, road repairs and clean-up have been completed, but Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says damage still remains.
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“Floods are horrific. They do a lot of damage and these floods certainly did that,” Fleischmann said. “When disaster hits home that means when it hits Tennessee, I want my constituents to know that I'm going to do everything that i have done everything to make sure that these dollars are available to fix infrastructure, to fix these roads, to the fix our bridges to fix where there's a need.”
The county has already applied for some funding for Cash Canyon Road. Now, Fleischmann says the county is one of six eligible for an additional $150-million in federal grants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Facilities Program is making the funds available.
But it will be up to county and city officials to apply.
“The needs are different so the local authorities the local county governments can apply on a project by project basis. That’s very important and have the opportunity to get the funds to fit their community needs,” Fleischmann explained.
Based on USDA guidelines, residential homes do not qualify for the grants. However, several types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. They include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes.
Fleischmann says if the projects are approved, he hopes to see results immediately.
“Obviously it will take a while for our local leaders to make the application, to make that project to get that request together, but that's why we were so quick yesterday to get out the,” he said. “I want to see the relief granted.”
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