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State Providing Flood Relief Where FEMA Did Not

A state agency has awarded Washington County $300,000 in disaster relief for damage from last month’s floods, reports the Johnson City Press.
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency funds would supplement a Federal Home Loan Bank grant for housing repairs not covered by insurance or other disaster relief programs. The funds would be used to serve households at or below 80 percent of area median income and would require a 50 percent personal match.
“All of Washington County has spoken with one voice about the need for disaster assistance in our area,” state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, said in announcing the relief in a news release. “I appreciate THDA stepping up and bringing help to those in our community who faced flooding.
“This is a great first step and I will continue working with Mayor Eldridge and other leaders to make sure we receive the help we need.”
The funds were made available from the THDA Housing Trust Fund. The funds will either be administered from the county or another agency. A decision on that will be made later this week, according to Hill’s news release.
…The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that the area did not meet the criteria for aid despite significant damage to scores of homes and other properties in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.
There was an $8.5 million threshold for the area to qualify for federal dollars to help residents rebuild what raging flood water swept away or destroyed. Affirmation would have cleared the way for residents to be reimbursed up to $30,000 for repairs.

No Federal Flood Aid for Northeast TN

Northeast Tennessee residents who suffered property damage from this month’s massive flooding will not receive federal financial assistance, reports the Johnson City Press.
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has ruled that the area did not meet the criteria for aid despite significant damage to scores of homes and other properties in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.
Damage from the Aug. 5 storm that brought at least four inches of rain in an hour to the region affected many homeowners in the Dry Creek community as well as residents and businesses in the Johnson City area.
There was an $8.5 million threshold for the area to qualify for federal dollars to help residents rebuild what raging flood water swept away or destroyed. Affirmation would have cleared the way for residents to be reimbursed up to $30,000 for repairs.

Ten Counties Designated Disaster Areas

News release from FEMA:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Tennessee and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of February 29 to March 2, 2012.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton, and Polk.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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FEMA Funding Flap Impacts TN

Corker Says Don’t Worry
Despite high-level warnings to the contrary, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said April’s tornado victims shouldn’t worry about getting long-term disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
“I don’t see any way people are going to be left hanging,” he said Wednesday.
FEMA Director Craig Fugate told reporters on Monday that money designated for long-term, post-tornado rebuilding projects in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia would be diverted to more immediate needs for Hurricane Irene victims.
Based upon FEMA’s current funding levels — less than $1 billion and running low, officials said — any work orders that aren’t in the pipeline could be at risk unless Congress allocates additional dollars. Already-approved FEMA projects are safe, Fugate said.
Corker, a Republican who routinely criticizes federal intervention and once said “you should never vote ‘no’ on spending reductions,” took a different approach Wednesday while offering few specifics for victims reeling from the tri-state region’s deadliest-ever natural disaster in April.

Nashville Flood Buyouts at Risk?
Dozens of Nashville flood victims could face delays in receiving government buyouts after the Federal Emergency Management Agency placed a freeze on long-term disaster relief spending this week on the heels of Hurricane Irene, reports the Tennessean.
Metro has completed two rounds of buyouts since the May 2010 flood that pummeled Nashville and its neighboring counties. But three additional rounds of buyouts are still in the application process, and owners of those 118 properties remain in the waiting phase.
Mayor Karl Dean’s spokeswoman, Bonna Johnson, said Metro was working with state and federal officials to determine the impact of the freeze on Metro’s buyout program.
“Mayor Dean is concerned that a freeze in FEMA funding could mean delays in the current buyout program and could limit any future program,” Johnson said.

6 More Counties Approved for Disaster Aid

News release from the governor’s office:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government has approved six additional counties to receive federal assistance as a result of the severe storms, flash flooding and tornadoes that struck the state April 25 through April 28, 2011.
Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea counties have been approved in the individual assistance category.
As a result of the severe weather, Tennessee suffered 37 fatalities and more than 500 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage. At the height of the emergency, up to 18 shelters provided essential needs for 233 people.
Residents who sustained losses in these counties can begin applying for assistance immediately through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
“As we work through the recovery process, I appreciate the federal government continuing to help Tennesseans impacted by these storms receive the assistance they need,” Haslam said.
Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties received approval May 2.
Additional counties may be added to the federal declaration as damage assessments of those counties affected by the April 25 storms are completed by local officials with TEMA and FEMA.
For more updates regarding the state’s response, visit the TEMA website at www.tnema.org.