Tennessee lawmakers pushing for disaster funding

Tennessee lawmakers pushing for disaster funding

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As parts of Tennessee continue to struggle with flooding, lawmakers in Washington say they are still pushing for assistance.

Governor Bill Lee made the request for a major disaster declaration in March following the flooding.

Now, lawmakers are still waiting on funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Lawmakers are looking for help under what is called the Stafford Act. The law gives the President power to declare flooding aa a major disaster, in turn providing affected areas with extra funding.

Governor Lee wants help for 58 counties, including Tipton, McNairy, Lauderdale and Dyer counties.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R) says the additional funding would be a huge help for cleanup.

“This has been important to the governor and to our state and local elected officials and we continue to work on the issue,” Sen. Blackburn said.

There are five steps that need to take place between a disaster and a presidential disaster declaration.

One of the final steps is FEMA reviewing Governor Lee's request and submitting its recommendation to President Donald Trump.

FEMA has not given a timeline as to when they or the president will make a decision.

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