Alexander Says Passage of Supplemental Will Help Tennesseans Recover from Flood

Posted on July 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that the Supplemental Appropriations bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, passed by the House tonight, also includes funding to help Tennesseans recover from the May 2010 floods.

“In addition to funding the ongoing efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this bill includes funding to help Tennesseans hurt by the May floods as they work to get back on their feet,” Alexander said.

The following provisions of the bill support the flood-recovery efforts in Tennessee:

  • $5.1 billion to replenish the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund, a portion of which will be used to help Tennesseans recover from the flood.
  • An increase in the federal share of project cost from 75 percent to 90 percent for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, which Alexander said would be of “enormous help to local and state governments in rebuilding roads, public buildings, and bridges – like the six bridges destroyed in Hickman County – and to individuals who need help with housing.”$49 million for economic development assistance that could, for example, help relocate a water tower or rebuild a civic center.
  • $100 million for Community Development Block Grants, which the senator said “could help businesses closed by the flood to restart. As many as 30 percent of the businesses hit by the flood might never reopen.”
  • $200 million for harbor maintenance and dredging, and to repair damages to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer projects caused by natural disasters – such as the dams in Middle Tennessee. 
  • $72 million for flooding at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., which is where all Navy personnel records are managed and also serves as Navy headquarters for recruitment activities.

 

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