THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
At the end of March through the first couple of days in April, extensive rainfall and flash flooding swept across much of Tennessee. Four deaths were attributed to the severe storms, and more than a hundred people had to leave their homes and seek refuge in public shelters. The rainfall and floodwater damaged the state's transportation system and other public facilities. Because of the magnitude of the damage, the President has declared the state a major disaster area, eligible for federal disaster aid. I am pleased that Tennessee will receive the assistance it needs to recover from the damage. The President's decision will provide assistance to help individuals and families to rebuild their homes and communities. Assistance also will be available to repair bridges and roads and other public facilities. Much of the aid is targeted to rural areas where residents were hit the hardest. I know this is a difficult time for everyone affected by the storm, but I am pleased that this aid may help alleviate much of the impact and assist in rebuilding Tennessee communities.