Alexander, Corker tour downtown flooding

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 9:50pm

Not long after U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker toured areas of flooding in downtown Nashville, Mayor Karl learned Davidson County had been approved to receive federal assistance.

President Obama on Tuesday authorized a major disaster declaration for Davidson, Cheatham, Hickman and Williamson counties, paving the way for federal funding to go to the disaster relief effort. Additional counties will likely be labeled disaster areas in the days ahead.

At a news conference flanked by Alexander and Corker, Dean said the authorization of federal assistance signals the next stage of the recovery effort, and “will allow residents and business owners, as well as our state and local governments, to receive assistance from (the Federal Emergency Management Agency).”

According to FEMA officials, it’s still too early to determine how many federal dollars Davidson County could receive. There’s also no timeline on when those dollars will begin to flow into the areas of devastation. To apply for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA.

Alexander called the federal assistance a “big help to Nashville and Middle Tennessee.”

“We know the people are suffering in Bellevue, Antioch and north Nashville, and it will take a while to get back on their feet,” Alexander said. “But Nashville will get back on its feet, and we’re here to say we want to help.”

Corker applauded Obama for his quick response, adding Nashvillians in need of assistance should also act quickly.

“The earlier the start, the earlier response can occur,” Corker said.