Thursday, May 6, 2010

First the Flood

Although there were many places in the county ruined and destroyed by the flooding, I was safe and had no damage. CNN is supposed to have a report on it tonight at 9:00 CDT on Anderson Cooper's show. There's a telethon on local WSMV tonight from 7:00 - 10:00 but not nationally. Lots of big names in music will be on it.
Tennessee Governor "very pleased" with response to flooding by Obama administration

"I've never seen this kind of response," said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D), "and we've had our share of tornadoes and so forth." The Volunteer State governor was speaking to reporters on a conference call from Nashville, which has been hit hard by rains last weekend.

"FEMA and the White House could not have been more helpful in this thing," Bredesen said. Record amounts of rain fell Saturday and Sunday, more than 13 inches recorded in parts of Tennessee. Officials Thursday reported the state's 20th death from the storm and subsequent flooding.

After speaking with the governor Monday, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state Tuesday, sending federal aid to Tennessee to help supplement the state and local recovery efforts. While Governor Bredesen wouldn't put a precise dollar amount on a damage assessment, he admitted, "it's a lot of money, it's a lot of money. I'd be astonished if not a billion dollars."

Governor Bredesen recognized his state's emergency was "sandwiched between" the news coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square, and while he wanted to call national attention to the "extraordinary event", he noted the Obama administration has been focused from the beginning. "FEMA was on the ground before the rain drops fell," said Bredesen, who noted he'd not only spoken to Mr. Obama, but Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. "We're very pleased with the response we've gotten from the administration."

Bredesen said that during their Monday conversation, he and Mr. Obama did talk about a future presidential visit. Both agreed it would be counter-productive for the president to come down south in the first days following the storm as so many resources are needed to accommodate a presidential visit. Bredesen said however that "if he wanted to do so at this point, he'd be very welcome."

The Tennessee governor says no one in his state feels "slighted" by the fact the president has not yet been down to assess the damage first hand. "He has a lot on his plate, and we're working through these things with FEMA and the Red Cross," said Bredesen. "But he's welcome to come any time he wants," as is Secretary Napolitano, to whom Bredesen has also extended an invitation. To date, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who was in Tennessee today and participated in the conference call with reporters, has been to the state twice since the weekend's storm.



froggy said...

So glad you didn't float away. We were at UT in Knoxville when twins were in 9th grade - for DI. We got to drive across state to... somewhere to catch a plane to Atlanta. Was nice to see the state and we enjoyed our time there.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Glad you weathered things :o)

Berry Blog said...

I've been waiting all day to hear from you and keep checking your blog. company came and there was a long hiatus before I got back to it.
there seem to be such multiple crises it must hve the gov't spinning. It's good that Katrina opened up so much awareness about our homeland security and coping with disaster. Lord, our taxes MUST pay for something the gov't can do to help just regular people in crisis and not just rich bankers and Wall Streeters who never missed a night's sleep, a well served meal, and plenty of martinis during the financial crisis.
I am all eager to hear of your sequesterd jury duty.
Not to be Republican, but I hope our country responds as well to your crisis as we did to Haiti.

SteveA said...

I saw the news on CNN - 31 dead - wow! Thank goodness your OK!