published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Federal aid sought for Hamilton tornado cleanup

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    Storm on Signal Mountain confirmed as tornado. Staff photo by Dan Henry

Hamilton County is among 13 Tennessee counties that may get federal help in the aftermath of tornadoes and floods that swirled through the state beginning Feb. 28.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide a preliminary damage assessment in Hamilton and a dozen other counties: Franklin, Fentress, Grainger, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Moore, Pickett, Scott and Union.

The FEMA assessment effort will begin next Tuesday, March 15, according to a prepared statement from Haslam’s office.

“We will ensure that these counties and individuals receive all eligible assistance,” Haslam said.

The assessment will determine if damage to Tennessee households is sufficient to trigger federal individual assistance programs for homeowners and businesses.

If approved, the assistance would provide access to low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan program.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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