WVLT-TV: Tennessee lawmakers urge president to approve Federal Disaster funds

Posted on June 15, 2017

It's been weeks since strong storms ripped though East Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend, and the recent round of weather isn't helping residents. Now, lawmakers from the state are asking the president to fulfill a request from Governor Bill Haslam to help clean up the mess.

Members of Tennessee's Congressional delegation Wednesday urged President Trump to quickly approve Governor Haslam's request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Tennessee to help 12 Tennessee counties that were impacted by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding over the Memorial day weekend. Those counties include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby and Smith.

"Governor Bill Haslam has submitted a request for Public Assistance Categores A-G for Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby and Smith Counties to respond to the overwhelming storms that tore through the region," the members wrote President Trump in a letter. "The State has also requested Individual Assistance for Shelby County and statewide funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. We strongly urge you to approve Governor Haslam's request, and we hope you will consider our State's request as soon as possible."

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and Representatives Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan, Jr., Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe.

To see the full text of the letter to the president, click here.