FEMA grants over $1 Million to Mt. Juliet Tornado Recovery
Kristi Jones, MTN Reporter
September 9, 2020
Nearly six months ago a tornado ripped through Middle Tennessee devastating the local community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has now approved a grant to help Mount Juliet with costs of cleanup.
FEMA has granted Mt. Juliet $1.2 million dollars in aid to remove and clean debris from the March tornados. The public assistance program is used to aid communities recovering from major disasters.
FEMA said Tuesday that the funds will reimburse the city for the cost of removing more than 114,000 cubic yards (87,150 cubic meters) of debris from public roads, property and rights-of-way after the storm, according to Associated Press.
The tornados began on March 3 and killed 25 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
“Tornado debris hampered access for first responders and made recovery operations and resumption of life difficult for several weeks for people in Wilson County”, according to Tennessee Emergency Management Director Patrick Sheehan in FEMA’s public news release.