Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

DHS Disaster Programs Extended in 14 Counties

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:43 am

Food and Cash Assistance Programs for Eligible Victims to End Next Friday


WHAT:       The Tennessee Department of Human Services today was granted an extension by the USDA to operate the Disaster Food Stamp program for eligible flood victims in 14 counties, including Shelby and Davidson.   The emergency cash program for eligible storm victims will also be extended in these counties.  The extension request was based on the high volume of applicants at the larger DHS county offices and limited accessibility to other offices.  

FEMA: Deputy Administrator Serino Visits Tennessee to Survey Ongoing Flood Recovery

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 12:00 am
NASHVILLE - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Tennessee to meet with state and local officials and see first-hand the ongoing recovery efforts following the severe weather and massive flooding that struck the state earlier this month. On Wednesday, Serino met with local officials and emergency managers in Clarksville and surveyed some of the progress the community has made in its recovery. On Thursday, Serino toured damage and recovery efforts in the Bellevue and Bordeaux neighborhoods of Nashville, where he talked with homeowners who, with help from FEMA Individual Assistance and volunteers from community faith-based organizations, had begun the process of cleaning out their homes.

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for Four Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 09:55 am
Cannon, Giles and Marshall Approved for Individual and Public Assistance,
Pickett Approved for Public Assistance
NASHVILLE – Four Tennessee counties have been approved for federal assistance as a result of extreme weather and flooding that struck the state April 30-May 2.
Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties have been approved in both the individual and public assistance categories. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties can begin applying for assistance immediately by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

FEMA Disaster Assistance Tops $100 Million in First Two Weeks

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 08:13 pm

NASHVILLE – More than $100 million in federal assistance has been approved for the survivors of Tennessee’s record-setting storms and flooding, just two weeks after President Obama declared a federal disaster.

The amount includes $90.7 million in housing aid, such for rental assistance and home repairs, and $9.5 million for other needs such as personal property.

State Route 7 in Maury County Closed Until Late 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 09:48 am
Flooding triggers landslide on State Route 7 in Maury County.
Flooding triggers landslide on State Route 7 in Maury County.
Repairs to the roadway will take several months.
Repairs to the roadway will take several months.
NASHVILLE – Due to severe damage from the flooding that occurred in early May, a portion of State Route 7 in Maury County will be closed for several months. Heavy rains saturated the ground underneath the pavement, causing two sections of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. Traffic is currently being detoured around the roughly 3 mile stretch of SR 7, which is located in the Santa Fe community in the northwest section of Maury County.
The two landslide areas involve approximately 1500 feet of roadway. In some places, the road sank 20 feet below its original elevation. TDOT has initiated an emergency contract for geotechnical studies of the soil in the area and for the design of the repairs.

FEMA: Disaster Loan Packages Slow To Return

Sunday, May 16, 2010 | 02:32 pm
NASHVILLE – The number of disaster recovery loan packages returned by flood survivors is alarmingly low, according to recovery officials. More than 23,500 loan applications from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have been sent to Tennessee households who have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) registration line. Of those, only 664 loan applications have been returned.
What individuals may not know is that the SBA disaster loan application is absolutely essential to their recovery. Low interest loans from the SBA are the primary funding source to assist eligible homeowners to return their property to its pre-disaster condition.

US 70 in Davidson County Reopens

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 04:06 pm
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
NASHVILLE – A portion of US Highway 70 in Davidson County damaged by the recent flood is now open to traffic. Clean-up and repair operations were completed this afternoon, allowing contract crews to reopen the section of US Highway 70 between Newsom Station Road and McCrory Lane in the Bellevue area of Nashville.
The flooding that occurred two weeks ago triggered a large slide that covered the roadway with large amounts of rock and debris. TDOT initiated an emergency contract, which was awarded to Civil Constructors on Friday, May 7, 2010. Since then, approximately 2,000 cubic yards of material has been removed from the area. New pavement and striping have also been applied to the roadway.