Joe Biden Approves Tennessee Disaster Declaration After Being Hit by Winter Storm

Tennessee.- President Joe Biden reported this Saturday that there is a big mess in Tennessee, so declared a major disaster in seven state counties and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm from February 3 to 4, 2022.

Federal funds are available to eligible state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm.

counties affected are Crockett, Fayette, Haywood, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton and Weakley, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said.

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Governor Bill Lee requested the declaration, and the two US senators and the nine members of the state House of Representatives asked Biden to approve it.

The ice storm brought freezing rain, sleet and snow to western and central Tennessee on February 3 and 4.

On the first day of the storm, more than 140,000 homes and businesses were without power. Flooding was also reported. A Haywood County motorist was killed when he crashed his truck into a tree that had fallen onto a highway.

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In Shelby County, ice accumulated on city streets and trees, sinking and dropping branches on power lines and homes. The storm caused $12 million in damage to the electrical system county, Lee said.

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