Alexander, Corker Tour Flood Devastation in Nashville

Say Those In Need of Assistance Should Call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA

Posted on May 4, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., were in Nashville Tuesday for a firsthand look at the devastation caused by the deadly storms that passed through Tennessee over the weekend.

Senators Alexander and Corker toured downtown Nashville with Mayor Karl Dean and spoke with several small business owners affected by the flooding. Later they received a briefing from Mayor Dean, Adjutant General Max Haston of the Tennessee National Guard, as well as officials from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The senators also appeared at the Tuesday night performance of the Grand Ole Opry, which was flooded and moved to War Memorial Auditorium for the evening. Displaced Nashvillians were invited to attend the program, which included remarks by both senators and a piano performance of “The Tennessee Waltz” by Senator Alexander.

“I’d like to congratulate Mayor Dean, Governor Bredesen and the community for doing a first rate job in getting an application together for disaster assistance and getting it to the president, and I thank the president for acting quickly. This is a big help to Nashville and to Middle Tennessee,” said Alexander. “Senator Corker and I are here to add some reinforcements to the people who are hurting and to let the rest of the world know that the music is still playing in Nashville. The Grand Ole Opry has seen some hard times over the years and it’s going to soothe a few feelings tonight.  We know people are suffering in Nashville and Bellevue and Antioch, and we know it will take a while for people to get back on their feet. But Nashville will get back on her feet, and we’re here simply to say we want to help you do that.”

“I was a mayor, and I understand how important it is that there is a great local and state response,” said Corker. “I want to commend Governor Bredsen, Mayor Dean, and all of the responders for the work they have done over the past several days. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, Senator Alexander and I have worked a great deal with FEMA in other places across the state, and we have found that FEMA, TEMA, the Tennessee National Guard, and the Corps of Engineers work seamlessly together and do an outstanding job. Our hearts go out, especially, to those who have lost loved ones and also to those who have lost their homes and businesses.”

Tuesday afternoon the federal government authorized a major disaster declaration for Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman and Williamson counties, with the governor’s office expecting declarations for additional Tennessee counties in coming days. 

Individuals and businesses in need of assistance may contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or online at www.fema.gov.