Tennessee gets federal disaster declaration

Tennessee gets federal disaster declaration

May 1st, 2011 by Staff Report in News

President Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Tennessee after last week's daylong series of tornadoes that left nearly 70 people dead in the tri-state region.

Sunday's action makes federal funding available to storm survivors in the Tennessee counties of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs.

Federal funding also is available to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

At least 342 people were killed in the storms that raged across the South last week, including 250 in Alabama, 35 in Mississippi and 15 in Georgia.

Obama had already signed disaster declarations for those three states.