TENNESSEE DELEGATION SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S REQUEST FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Members Outline State’s Response in Letter to President

Posted on May 4, 2010

WASHINGTON - Tennessee’s entire Congressional delegation has asked the President to approve Governor Phil Bredesen’s request for disaster relief following weekend storms and flooding in Tennessee.

“We are writing to express our support for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s request for disaster relief for 52 counties hit hard by recent storms in Tennessee,” the state’s U.S. Senate and U.S. House Members wrote in their May 4 letter to President Obama.

The delegation outlined the diligent work of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) in coordinating state agencies’ response to help families and businesses impacted by the storms and flooding that began April 30.

The letter is signed by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Congressmen Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Lincoln Davis, John Duncan, Bart Gordon, Phil Roe, John Tanner and Zach Wamp.

“As these disasters have placed a significant financial burden on the State, local government and individuals impacted, the state of Tennessee is requesting joint FEMA-State Preliminary Damage Assessments be conducted as soon as waters have receded enough to make reasonable determinations,” the delegation wrote.

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