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Lee seeks disaster aid for 58 Tennessee counties

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has asked the Trump administration to make federal assistance available to the state after last month’s persistent rainfall and the resulting flooding.

In his request for federal assistance, Lee cites a total impact of over $151 million due to the flooding. $68.3 million of that cost estimate is from local and state emergency responses to the flooding, while the remaining $83-plus million is the estimated damage done to Tennessee’s highway system.

The Lee administration says that 83 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have reported some level of damage and impact from the flooding and persistent rainfall that began in early February and continued for much of the month.

Tennessee’s congressional delegation is urging President Trump to quickly approve a disaster declaration for 58 counties affected by flooding. Included in those 58 counties are Anderson, Campbell, Knox, Morgan, Roane and Union counties. You can see a complete list on our website.

The 58 counties: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, and Weakley Counties.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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