Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has sent a request to President Donald Trump for a Major Disaster Declaration to make federal money available to portions of the state impacted by February’s flooding and severe storms.
Lee’s request asks the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make the Public Assistance Program available to 58 counties impacted by the flooding and storms.
The PA request includes the counties of: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, and Weakley.
Lee says qualifying losses total $68.3 million.
Gov. Lee’s declaration request also asks FEMA to make available the federal Individual Assistance (IA) program in the counties of Decatur, Hardin, and Perry, which, if awarded, would provide direct help to Tennessee residents in the requested counties who demonstrate eligibility for the IA program.