NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam has requested federal help following the devastating wildfires in East Tennessee.
The governor urged President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for Coffee, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie and Sevier Counties.
A federal disaster declaration would help the communities rebuild and give qualifying individuals direct assistance.
“My goal is to help ensure these counties have what they need to rebuild and recover from these heartbreaking disasters,” Haslam said. “The state and our local partners continue to work through the damage assessments, provide necessary services to help those in need, and get our neighbors and friends back on their feet.”
In all more than 2,200 structures were completely destroyed. Fourteen people lost their lives in the fires that started November 28.