$5 million in federal aid approved for Tennesseans
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 9:02 pm
More than $5 million in federal aid has been approved for Tennesseans impacted by severe storms and flooding during recent weeks.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than 8,100 people across the state have registered for disaster assistance.
Locally, Disaster Recovery Centers are set up in Obion and Tiptonville to help area residents affected by recent flooding. The center in Obion is set up in the Obion Community Center across from Obion City Hall, and the center is open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
As of Saturday night, the Obion Disaster Recovery Center had registered 41 people.
In Lake County, 97 flood victims visited the Disaster Recovery Center in Tiptonville as of Saturday night, and in Dyer County, 291 people registered at the Disaster Recovery Center there.
Housing assistance grants in the amount of nearly $3.5 million have been approved to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs.
Nearly $882,000 in federal funds have been approved to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and personal property losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration proved another nearly $643,000 for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters and business owners.
The federal funds are available for residents of Obion, Lake, Dyer, Shelby and Stewart counties in West Tennessee after a presidential disaster declaration was made on May 9.
To date, 4,431 inspections have been made to damaged homes and property. Also, 4,267 individuals have visited the various Disaster Recovery Centers set up by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.11