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HUD No. 13-160
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
November 5, 2013

HUD APPROVES $7.5 MILLION DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN IN TENNESSEE
Shelby County to use funding to restore Raleigh Millington Road Bridge

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today approved a disaster recovery plan totaling nearly $7.5 million to help Shelby County, Tennessee to recover from severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds, and flooding in May of 2011.  These disaster plans will rely on grants provided earlier this year through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Earlier this year, HUD allocated $7,464,000 to support disaster recovery efforts in Shelby County, Tennessee.  Local officials developed a plan intended to restore key infrastructure, public facilities, and electrical distribution systems, including the restoration of the Raleigh Millington Road Bridge over the Loosahatchie River.   HUD’s approval allows the County to begin implementing its plan.

“This is another important step toward recovery and healing,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Shelby County will now be able to implement its recovery strategies for restoring critically needed infrastructure damaged by these storms.” 

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on January 29th, included $16 billion in CDBG-Disaster Recovery funding.  HUD will announce additional allocations throughout the year based upon the level of remaining needs to help other states and local communities impacted by natural disasters in 2011-2013.   

HUD’s CDBG-Disaster Recovery grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by private insurance and other forms of public assistance.  Using a combination of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), HUD identified those states and local communities requiring the greatest assistance to recover from devastating tornadoes in the Southeast and Missouri; remnants of Hurricanes Irene and Lee in the Northeast and New England; severe flooding in parts of North Dakota; and destructive wildfires in Texas. 

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