Overton County is among 23 Tennessee counties that will receive federal recovery assistance under a Major Disaster Declaration in place Monday, May 10 as a result of the severe weather and flooding across the state on March 27 and March 28, 2021.
“I appreciate our local, state, and federal partners working so quickly, in difficult situations, to gather damage estimates and information so we are able to receive this federal relief from what was Tennessee’s second major disaster in 2021,” Governor Bill Lee said.
The 23 counties included in the Major Disaster Declaration are Overton, Jackson, Clay, Fentress, Campbell, Cannon, Cheatham, Claiborne, Davidson, Decatur, Grainger, Hardeman, Henderson, Hickman, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Scott, Smith, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson.
The Major Disaster Declaration allows the eligible county jurisdictions to seek reimbursement, through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, for emergency response measures, and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure.
More information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.
In mid-April, TEMA coordinated and organized joint Preliminary Damage Assessments with local emergency officials and FEMA representatives in the impacted counties as part of the federal Major Disaster Declaration process.
The severe weather across Tennessee on March 27 and March 28, 2021, caused seven fatalities and disrupted power to 15,000 customers. Some areas of Middle Tennessee received between 7 inches and 9 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour-period, resulting in the worst flash flooding event since the Great Tennessee Flood of May 2010.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Myra M. Shird has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) led the Tennessee delegation in a letter to the White House supporting Gov. Bill Lee’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to address the deadly storms that occurred from March 25 through April 3.
“The Volunteer State is no stranger to extreme flooding and tornados, but last month’s severe weather was historic in its devastation of roads, homes, and businesses,” Sen. Blackburn said.
Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and Representatives Diana Harshbarger, Tim Burchett, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Jim Cooper, John Rose, Mark E. Green, David Kustoff, and Steve Cohen also joined Senator Blackburn’s letter to President Joe Biden.