Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1464)

Incident period: May 4, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 8, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 20, 2003
News Release
Atlanta, GA. -- Federal and state disaster officials have approved more than $90 million to help individuals and local governments recover from one of Tennessee's largest disasters. Several rounds of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding deluged the state in May, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 73 of Tennessee's 95 counties; prompting 13,573 individuals to apply for assistance.
July 17, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The figures are remarkable. In the last quarter-century, more than 16,000 Tennesseans with flood insurance have received more than $37.5 million in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 383 claims to state policyholders to the tune of $4.4 million. And now, water-logged residents with and without flood insurance are faced with an enormous new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after month-long May storms caused nearly $100 million in damage statewide.
July 10, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Severe storms and flooding that pummeled the Volunteer state during much of May are also dealing a big blow to the pocketbooks of its residents and local governments. Federal and State disaster officials are still tallying the figures, but already the numbers show this disaster could be one of Tennessee's most costly.
June 30, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennessee's disaster victims have only seven days left to register for assistance and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) want to make sure people hear that message loud and clear. Over the next week, TEMA/FEMA will conduct an extensive media campaign to reach as many potential applicants as possible before the July 7 deadline.
June 27, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Nearly $38 million in state and federal aid has been disbursed to Tennessee residents and businesses since May's onslaught of storms, tornadoes and flooding was declared a federal disaster. Disaster assistance in Tennessee includes these totals:
June 25, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The mobile disaster recovery center in Lexington will close at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2003, after a five-day run, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The center at 547 West Church Street is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week. Disaster recovery specialists from FEMA, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Small Business Administration are staffing the center to explain assistance programs and answer questions from area residents who suffered losses in May's tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.

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