Joe DeGuira, a chef at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, cooks a big breakfast on his grill for his family and for anyone who needs a bite in the Somerset development off of Coley Davis Road in Bellevue Monday, May 3, 2010. The area was hard hit by flood waters. Tennesseean
President Declares Federal Disaster
As of today, President Obama has declared several counties in Tennessee as federal disaster areas. Cheatham, Davidson, Hickson, Williamson, Montgomery and Dyer Counties are included. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the six counties authorized to date, including both individual and public assistance.
A dollar amount was not tied to the president's announcement. Assistance can include low-cost loans for uninsured property owners, funds for temporary housing and home repairs, and other programs for residents and businesses.
State and local governments, as well as nonprofits working with the affected counties, also may be eligible, according to a White House news release.
Preliminary damages estimates are $1 billion dollars.