Greeneville, TN -- Federal disaster assistance has been expanded to include aid for local governments in Carter and Unicoi counties affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Tennessee, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the additional assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
Under the original declaration issued by President Bush on August 15, communities in the counties of Cocke, Greene, Johnson and Washington were designated as eligible to receive federal disaster aid. The declaration also provides cost-sharing funding to the state for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.
"Our continuing commitment is to ensure that vital community services are restored as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Allbaugh.
Under the expanded assistance, affected local governments in Carter and Unicoi counties are eligible to apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing public facilities such as roads, buildings and utilities.
"We're certainly fortunate that FEMA is able to assist Carter and Unicoi counties," said Governor Don Sundquist. "Representatives from FEMA and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will be available to assist the counties with the procedures for requesting assistance."