Federal aid rolls in as Obama declares disaster for Tennessee

16:03, May 05, 2010      

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Bar and restaurant area is submerged in water as flood ravages Nashville, Tennessee, May 4, 2010. Federal aid began rolling into flood ravaged Tennessee on Tuesday, as U.S. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the southern state. (Xinhua/Wang Fengfeng)

Federal aid began rolling into flood-ravaged Tennessee Tuesday, as U.S. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the southern state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency made available a series of federal assistance programs for Tennessee, including rental payments for temporary housing, grant for home repairs and replacement, unemployment payment for workers who lost jobs because of the disaster, low interest loans to cover residential losses and business losses.

Obama earlier in the day declared a major disaster exists in Tennessee, making federal funding available to affected individuals in areas affected by the flood that had killed 19 people since Saturday.

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