Fleischmann directed his staff to follow up with Federal Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials after Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis mentioned local government had not been paid for the cost of cleaning up after the tornadoes of April 27.
Fleischmann reported FEMA has obligated the funds to TEMA and the state of Tennessee.
The congressman directed his staff to inquire of the funds after holding a transportation roundtable discussion on Jan. 12, in Cleveland.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis mentioned local government had not been reimbursed for the estimated $10 million cost.
According to published reports, TEMA will begin mailing reimbursement checks as paperwork is submitted. Local government will apparently receive a 75 percent reimbursement of expenditures.
According to the press release, Davis expressed appreciation for Fleischmann’s effort to bring FEMA quickly to the county after the storms and now to make sure FEMA reimbursements are on their way in the near future.
Fleischmann said, “I was frustrated to hear from Mayor Davis that the reimbursement process had not been happening quickly enough, so I directed my office to again follow up on this issue and see what we could do to continue to encourage the process. I am glad FEMA has recently moved forward with reimbursements. It is important that we help those who provided the much-needed support in the immediate aftermath of the storms.”