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Grant funds some flood relief for Sullivan County

September 25th, 2013 8:47 pm by J. H. Osborne

Grant funds some flood relief for Sullivan County

Ralph Perrey, of the Tennessee Housing Devolvement Agency, talks with Della Ryan outside her home on Lucy Road in Bloomingdale. Ryan’s home was heavily damaged by a flash flood in July. Photo by David Grace.

BLOUNTVILLE — Some financial assistance will be available through a state grant to help repair some of the homes in Sullivan County that were damaged by flooding earlier this year.

Ralph Perrey, executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, toured several damaged homes Wednesday with other state and local officials.

 “This is the kind of thing we developed the program for,” Perrey said. “Each year there are natural disasters in the state, and a lot of time it’s a small community and it’s a big deal. But often it isn’t big enough for (the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency or Federal Emergency Agency) to come in. We created this program earlier this year to try and help communities like Bloomingdale.”

The $100,000 grant to help Sullivan County homeowners effected by the July storms is the sixth time TDHA has extended Rebuild and Recover funding to localities in the state this year, Perrey said.

 “It hopefully will make a difference to some folks,” Perrey said.

Only owner-occupied homes are eligible. An application process is required.

Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency Jim Bean estimated the money will help between eight and 10 homeowners.

Read more of this story in Thursday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.

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