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Haslam Asks For Federal Disaster Declaration

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(Nashville, TN) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today requested a presidential disaster declaration for nine counties as a result of extreme winter weather on March 2-4, 2014.

The State, local governments and electrical utilities reportedly spent more than $12,232,215 in preparation for, response to, and recovery from the storm.

The federal assistance programs would provide access to a 75 percent reimbursement of the eligible costs to Shelby, Tipton, Fayette, Madison, Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston counties.

A powerful arctic cold front moved in Sunday morning, March 2, 2014, bringing significantly colder temperatures and winter precipitation that did not end until the early evening of Monday, March 3.

“Significant snow and sleet accumulations were recorded with some lesser amounts of ice/freezing rain.”

At the peak, power outages reached more than 75,000 customers.

Schools, private businesses, and local and state operations and services, including interstate commerce and tourism, were greatly affected by this winter storm.

Haslam seeks public assistance for all the counties in the request for debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, utilities and recreational facilities.

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