“Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. declared a major natural disaster in the state of Tennessee and issued an executive order for federal assistance in addition to recovery operations conducted by state and local authorities in areas affected by the severe storm and flooding on August 21, 2021,” the White House said in a statement.
Federal assistance will include programs to support citizens and businesses in recovery after the disaster, including the provision of temporary housing, home repairs, and the issuance of low-interest loans to compensate for property losses.
The White House will allocate federal funds to the affected residents of Humphries County and local authorities and some non-profit organizations of the county to take protective measures in the event of an emergency.
According to the local TV channel WKRN, at least 22 people were killed due to the flood; dozens more are missing. Search and rescue operations are continuing in the state.
Flooding in Tennessee was provoked by heavy rains that have been coming since August 20; in some cities, the daily precipitation record has been broken. The Emergency Management Agency of the state of Tennessee declared the third level of danger due to flooding and urged residents not to drive by car, avoid flooded roads.