Cumberland, Roane, Loudon, Putnam, Rhea and Morgan counties will receive federal aid by way of a presidential disaster declaration to help with storm damage. The damage took place over this past Memorial Day weekend when straight line winds up to 95 miles per hour left widespread damage in the area.
“Local, state, and federal partners came together in a collaborative effort to assess impacts rapidly so we could have accurate storm damage data and illustrate our need for a disaster declaration to President Trump,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “I am grateful to all the first responders, emergency managers, and community members who have united to help others recover from the impact of these storms.”
The counties are now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program, allowing government entities and certain non-profits to apply for reimbursement of specific, eligible expenses.