Senator Alexander Statement on Tennessee Major Disaster Declaration

Posted on April 17, 2019

NASHVILLE, April 17, 2019—United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump approved federal disaster assistance for 56 counties in Tennessee affected by severe weather between February 19 and March 30, 2019:

“I commend President Trump for rapidly approving Governor Bill Lee’s request for a major disaster declaration to help the 56 counties that were harmed by flooding and severe weather earlier this year. This federal assistance will help Tennessee communities quickly begin to recover from flooding and severe storms which Gov. Lee estimated cost our state $151 million.”

Last month, the Tennessee Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Trump urging his quick approval of the Major Disaster Declaration saying:

“On behalf of the State of Tennessee, we are writing to support Governor Bill Lee’s request to declare a major disaster pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act as a result of the flooding and severe storms that impacted our state ...We thank you for your Administration’s ongoing response, specifically the Federal Highway Administration making $10 million immediately available to help repair roads damaged by flood and landslides.  However, the severe storms that swept across the State of Tennessee beginning on February 6th brought severe storms and flooding that cost the state over $151 million.  Federal Emergency Management Agency and State joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in affected counties for both Public and Individual Assistance occurred between March 7, 2019 and March 21, 2019.”

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn and Representatives Tim Burchett, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Mark Green, David Kustoff, Phil Roe and John Rose.

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