Shelby County adding $100,000 to operating budget to help Germantown flooding victims

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. ( – Storms hit overnight Wednesday into Thursday as dozens of families in Germantown were still working to bounce back from extensive damage from flash flooding.

Shelby County is lending a hand, adding $100,000 in its operating budget to help victims recover. Roughly 200 homes suffered substantial damage when areas in the central part of the city flooded during a heavy rainstorm earlier this month.

After Wednesday’s vote, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo sounded off against claims that the drainage system was to blame.

“It’s completely inaccurate. Our storm water conveyance system is routinely checked, maintained, cleared. Inlands are checked. It’s one thing we have a great deal of pride in. Our storm water surveyance system has been built and designed for a 10-year event,” said Palazzolo.

The Germantown Kwanis Club has been selected to handle the distribution of the funds to qualified victims.

The mayor says crews are still accessing the damage and working to see if it will qualify for state and federal funding as well.

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