12:33pm

Tue May 1, 2012
More Than Half the State Declared A Disaster Area

Some 2010 Flood Survivors Still Struggling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the devastating floods that would eventually claim the lives of 21 Tennesseans.

The Corps of Engineers later reported that more than 17 inches of rain fell in some areas of the state over a two day period, the most rain in 140 years of recording keeping.

More than half of all Tennessee counties, 54 in total, were eventually declared federal disaster areas. Nashville alone suffered more than $1.5 billion in property damage.

The Salvation Army’s Area Commander, Colonel Charles White, says that two years on, the disaster is ongoing for some.

“We still see families that have not settled with their insurance companies, or with FEMA, or with whomever, to get their houses repaired or livable. We continue to work with them through our regular emergency assistance as we’re able to within our budget limitations.”

White says that, to date, his agency alone has assisted more than 20,000 survivors of the 2010 floods.