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May 16, 2011

Statewide status update

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 1:30 p.m., CDT, on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

TEMA’s media line is 615-741-0482. Public Information Officers will be available for media interviews during operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Real time updates about the flood relief/recovery posted at

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 15 Tennessee counties – Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Dyer, Greene, Johnson, Hamilton, Lake, McMinn, Monroe, Obion, Rhea, Shelby, Stewart and Washington – eligible for federal assistance to individuals and families who have suffered damage from the recent tornadoes, storms and flooding. The process starts with a phone call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Online, it’s or through smartphones at

Individual Registrations – 5,462
Total Funds to Individuals – $3,253,149.78

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has opened State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding that occurred earlier this month. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. While the roadway was closed more than a week, TDOT inspected the roadway and determined it is now safe to open it to the traveling public.

Motorists traveling in the western areas of the state are encouraged to use extreme caution. Up to date road closure and travel information can be accessed by visiting or dialing 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is issuing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) benefits to eligible residents of six tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the late April storms.

The benefits are for residents of Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea counties.

Eligible residents in these counties can submit applications for SNAP disaster benefits daily (except Sunday) through May 20.

Today, May 16, 2011, is the last day for residents in Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties to submit SNAP applications.

For more information, including a list of key questions and answers about the assistance program, please visit the DHS website at

There are 10 shelters open in West Tennessee with 516 occupants.

There are 38 confirmed fatalities in Tennessee.

Bledsoe County – 4
Bradley County – 9
Crockett County – 1
Franklin County – 1
Greene County – 7
Hamilton County – 11
Johnson County – 2
Sequatchie County – 1
Washington County – 1
Williamson County – 1

There have been 94 confirmed injuries with the majority being reported from Hamilton County.