Germantown city leaders move forward on flood assistance a week after flash flooding

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Germantown city leaders move forward on flood assistance a week after flash flooding

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) Help is on the way after Germantown’s mayor and Board of Alderman held a special meeting following flash flooding last week.

During that meeting Friday morning, city leaders agreed to file a disaster declaration to try and get financial relief for the 200 homes damaged by flooding.

Fire Chief John Selberg said it starts a lengthy process to hopefully get President Trump to approve a declaration. It will first go to the county and state for approval.

In the meantime, the city also allotted $250,000 from its emergency funds to go to impacted homeowners. Next, they’ll immediately create a review panel to look at direct losses of civilians.

This gets that next step moving forward. Also, the efforts by the city are making to try and at least alleviate some of the pain of our neighbors that are suffering out there. That was a good step by them. Obviously, it’s not going to make them whole but hopefully we can help, Selberg said.

Selberg said the they estimate $7-million in damage was done.

(GERMANTOWN RELEASE) The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen this morning approved a disaster declaration in the aftermath of the Friday, June 7, flood. The Board also approved the allocation of $250,000 toward a disaster relief fund set up by the Germantown Kiwanis Club through IBERIABANK.

The City’s donation is intended as a challenge grant for the community. Since Friday, the City has received numerous calls from residents and businesses inquiring about making a donation. The Kiwanis account through IBERIA makes it possible for that to happen. “The uninsured losses for our residents are estimated at more than $7 million,” said Mayor Mike Palazzolo. “Germantown has a great reputation for altruism and we are confident that they will come through with additional donations to help their neighbors during this time of such intense need,” added Vice Mayor Mary Anne Gibson. Donations will be accepted at all IBERIABANK locations by simply stating that the donation is to be applied to the Germantown GIVES-2019 Flood Relief Fund. While donations will be accepted at all IBERIABANK locations, there are two convenient locations in Germantown, 7465 Poplar Avenue and 7860 Wolf River Boulevard.

Funds will be collected through July 15, at which time payments will be available to those affected by the flood upon review by the Individual assistance review panel. Application details are still being worked out and will be made available as soon as possible. In the meantime, flood victims are asked to keep all receipts for expenses incurred as a result of the disaster. Eligible submissions are limited to the following expenses incurred in direct relation to the uninsured loss of personal property resulting from the flood: demolition, debris removal, personal property damage, temporary housing, temporary storage of household items and materials, repair and replacement of clothing and household items and purchase or rental of clean-up items.

For more information, email GermantownGIVES@gmail.com.

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