Tennessee governor requests review of ice storm damage for federal assistance eligibility

Published: Feb. 9, 2022 at 2:49 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is asking for a federal review of damage from last week’s ice storm to determine if the state is eligible for federal assistance.

Lee asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work with state emergency officials to assess the damage and determine the state’s eligibility for a major disaster declaration to receive federal funds.

Last week, more than 130,000 people in the Mid-South lost power. If the state qualifies, it could use FEMA’s public assistance program to reimburse local and state government as well as certain nonprofits for emergency work, the restoration of utilities, and the repair of damaged facilities and infrastructure.

“We are pursuing every option to ensure areas affected by the recent floods and ice storm recover well and Tennesseans receive resources,” Lee said. “I thank our federal, state, and local partners who are assisting us in a thorough accounting of the damage incurred.”

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will coordinate with FEMA to assess damage.

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