Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

I-40 in Arkansas Now Open

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 11:38 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Interstate 40 West has reopened after flood waters from the White River receded overnight. A section of the interstate at mile marker 216, which is about 80 miles west of Memphis, closed last week due to high water.
 
For more information on road conditions in Arkansas visit www.arkansashighways.com and go to Flood Information or call the Public Affairs Office at 501-569-2572.
 
In Tennessee, numerous state routes in Shelby, Lake and Dyer Counties remain closed as a result of floodwaters. TDOT expects the closures to remain in place for several days until flooding from the Mississippi River begins to recede.
 

USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Disaster Assistance Programs

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 07:32 am
West TN Farmland Flooding
West TN Farmland Flooding

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Gene Davidson reminds crop and livestock producers throughout Tennessee who have recently experienced severe damage from tornadoes and flooding that there are FSA programs available to assist with recovery.

"The damage done by the recent severe weather has made things very difficult for many of our farmers and ranchers. The disaster assistance programs FSA has available may be an important first step for producers in the recovery process,” said Davidson.

Five Additional Counties Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 03:22 pm

Benefit claims must be filed within 30 days

 

NASHVILLE The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced today Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers in Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby and Stewart counties as a direct result of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding for the incident period beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing. The declaration number is FEMA-1979-DR.

Haslam Announces 15 Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 08:15 am

Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Shelby and Stewart to receive assistance for record river flooding

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today President
Obama granted a request to declare 15 Tennessee counties as federal disaster areas due to a series of severe storms, straight-line winds, flash flooding and the record flooding of the Mississippi River, beginning on April 19, 2011.

Haslam Announces Nine Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration from Early April Tornadoes and Flash Flooding

Monday, May 09, 2011 | 03:25 pm

Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Humphreys, Lake, Shelby and Sumner to receive assistance

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nine counties to receive federal disaster assistance due to tornadoes and flash flooding in the state on April 4 and 5, 2011.

Tennessee National Guard Responds to Flooding in West Tennessee

Monday, May 09, 2011 | 12:14 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Major General Max Haston announced today that soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 1/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Henderson, have been called to state active duty to assist in disaster relief operations in and around Tiptonville as needed.

Gov. Haslam and Maj. Gen. Haston, the Adjutant General, toured flood-ravaged areas last week to assess the situation. The order to bring in National Guard soldiers came after they viewed the affected areas.

Haslam Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 15 Counties

Saturday, May 07, 2011 | 10:45 am

Requests Assistance for Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Shelby and Stewart counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has asked President Obama to declare 15 counties as federal disaster areas due to a series of severe storms, straight-line winds, flash flooding and the record flooding of the Mississippi River, beginning on April 19, 2011.

Flooding Causes Road Closures in Shelby County

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:54 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed a portion of State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom have covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. The area will remain closed until the water recedes.
 
The detour routes are as follows:
 
  • From Millington to Memphis – State Route 385 East to State Route 14 South to I-40 (Exit 8)
  • From Memphis to Millington – I-40 (Exit 8) to State Route 14 North to State Route 385 West to State Route 3
 
On Interstate 40, Exit 2A to Millington and Exit 3 to Watkins Road are also closed.
 
Numerous other state routes in Dyer, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties are also closed as a result of rising flood waters. TDOT expects additional closures in these areas as the Mississippi River crests over the coming days.

Disaster Food Stamps Available For Tornado Victims In Bradley, Greene, Hamilton & Washington Counties

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:23 pm

DHS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS BEGINS MAY 9

 

NASHVILLE – On Monday, May 9, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, with USDA approval, will begin issuing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) benefits to eligible residents of four tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the late April storms. The benefits are for eligible residents of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties. Applications for SNAP disaster benefits can be submitted Monday through Saturday, May 9-14, and on Monday, May 16.