President Obama signs Tennessee disaster declaration

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    President Barack Obama on Monday declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds on April 4.

    Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds in the counties of Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Humphreys, Lake, Shelby, and Sumner.

    Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

    W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named W. Montague Winfield as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

    FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

    Meanwhile, the Mississippi River was expected to crest at 48 feet in Memphis on Tuesday, with officials warning that the crest does not signal the end of danger. read more

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