Water receding; damage assessment next
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:21 pm
Sunny skies continued to shine down on Obion County for the fourth consecutive day today.
As the floodwaters recede across the area, residents will now begin to assess the damage to their property.
It is expected to be a long process, and there is help coming.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Tennessee to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the areas hardest hit by storms that began in mid-April.
President Obama’s disaster declaration for counties in Tennessee makes available federal assistance for residents in Obion, Lake, Dyer, Shelby and Stewart counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other federal programs to help individuals and business owners recovering from the effects of recent storms.
Federal funding is also being made available to state and local governments and certain private, non-profit agencies for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by recent storms and flooding. Among the 15 counties included in the federal disaster designation are Obion, Lake and Dyer counties.
Funding is also being made available for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
W. Montague Winfield has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in affected areas.
FEMA officials reported additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassisstance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free number will be operated from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
In a related development, Gov. Bill Haslam and Major General Max Haston have announced soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard unit in Henderson have been called to active duty to help disaster relief operations in Lake County. About 100 soldiers from the Henderson unit are already performing a variety of missions in and around the Tiptonville area. Guardsmen are providing high-water vehicles to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and have been involved in providiing sandbagging trailers and operators to help protect the state correctional facilities north of Tiptonville. More than 3,400 sandbags have already been filled, according to a news release from the Tennessee National Guard.
Published in The Messenger 5.10.11