In the aftermath of the second round of flooding that has hit Middle Tennessee this year, Congressman Bart Gordon announced last week that federal disaster money will be available for ten upper Cumberland counties including Macon, Jackson and Smith.
FEMA, who returned to Macon County on Wednesday afternoon, August 25th, to discuss proposed assistance with Road Supervisor Audie Cook, after heavy rains came through on the 18th and 19th, filed a report after they toured the roads and assessed the damage. The federal agency tallied the damage estimates of all the counties involved in the August floods and President Obama then issued a disaster declaration for the affected areas, making federal funds available to repair public infrastructure in Macon County.
“With Middle Tennessee suffering so much devastation this year,” Gordon said, “this federal disaster declaration, will help cash strapped rural communities repair bridges, roads and public properties.”
“We had 96 roads that were damaged in the August floods,” said Regina Flippin of the Macon County Highway Department, “with 22 of those suffering moderate to severe damage. We’ve completed all our temporary work, and right now we are waiting for FEMA to contact us for a start up meeting, which kicks off the procedures needed to go ahead with the permanent repairs.”
“At first estimate $500,000 in damages were incurred to the roads in Macon County, but it may exceed that,” Flippin added. “We are definitely ready to move forward for the good of the county, once the application process with FEMA has been completed.”