Twenty-four people died. More than 68,000 families required federal assistance. But nationally, the 2010 floods were overshadowed by the oil spill in the Gulf and the Times Square bomber. Many in Tennessee felt they were on their own, which remains a point of pride for some a year later.
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The Ashland City Mayor is being singled out for leadership following last May’s flooding. Gary Norwood will receive the Phoenix Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which makes low-interest loans to pay for repairs after disasters.
The Opry Mills shopping mall plans to be back in business next year. Owner Simon Property Group put an end to the mystery surrounding the mall’s reopening Tuesday.
Failure to accurately predict flood levels in Nashville last May and issue effective warnings is leading to policy changes within the National Weather Service. The agency released its post-flood assessment Wednesday.
The Environmental Projection Agency has now disposed of some 8,300 fuel and chemical containers scattered by May’s flooding. The EPA is reporting only minor spills and no long term damage.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is asking the public to submit questions for a hearing into how the Army Corps of Engineers responded to May’s historic flooding.
Due to slow traffic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing down its Disaster Recovery Centers in Bellevue and at the State Fair Grounds. On Monday, the offices will become loan centers run by the Small Business Administration.
One in five Tennesseans affected by May’s flooding is retirement age and beyond, according to new figures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Of the 64,000 applicants for FEMA assistance, more than 12,000 are over 60.
Flood victims will have an extra 30 days to file for disaster assistance from the federal government. A deadline extension was granted Friday.
Some flood victims won’t be able to get federal money for rebuildling until Congress reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program. Some businesses are stuck because they can’t get their Small Business Administration loans until they have proof of flood insurance.
Tennessee’s congressional delegation has found some agreement on an issue – extending the deadline to file for flood assistance.
State regulators have returned to normal water quality testing of Tennessee’s lakes and rivers after heightened monitoring since the flood. Most bodies of water have returned to pre-flood conditions.
More than $200 million in federal aid has been approved for Tennessee flood victims. Nearly 62,000 people have now applied for help.
The state Senate has begun debating a plan to let flood victims buy building materials, furnishings and appliances without paying sales tax. House Democrats proposed the idea 10 days ago.
Flood victims have another week to apply for one-time emergency cash and food stamps. The federal program was extended yesterday in 14 hard-hit counties.
The flood damage to private property in Nashville is quickly approaching $2 billion. According to estimates released by city officials Wednesday, more than 11,000 parcels sustained some kind of damage during this month’s historic rainfall.
A new proposal before the state legislature would exempt flood victims in Tennessee from paying sales tax on replacement items. House Democratic Leader Gary Odom is working out the details this week.
This month’s flooding gave disaster restoration companies more work than they could handle and has attracted crews from as far away as New Hampshire.
Tennessee communities trying to rebuild from historic flooding could be in line for more money from the federal government. Yesterday a Senate committee approved billions of dollars in extra emergency funds for states. Tennessee’s share is $150 million.
The number of storm-related deaths in Tennessee has grown to 13 across, after another body was found in the flood waters. Emergency officials in Tennessee are now pleading with residents to conserve water. Massive flooding has damaged municipal water service.