Bredesen requests federal aid for flood areas

From Staff Reports

Gov. Phil Bredesen has asked President Bush to declare 28 Tennessee counties federal disaster areas in the wake of last month's flooding that drenched counties in Middle and East Tennessee.
   Carter and Johnson counties are included in Bredesen's request as are Hancock and Unicoi counties in Northeast Tennessee.
   Middle and East Tennessee were hit with four to eight inches of rainfall in 36 hours, beginning Feb. 14. There was rainfall somewhere in Tennessee every day through Feb. 26.
   Coupled with snowmelt from a recent winter storm, severe flooding resulted across the eastern two-thirds of the state.
   Over a three-day period in mid-February, more than six inches of rain fell across Tennessee. Several East Tennessee counties were particularly hard-hit by heavy rain and rising floodwaters.
   The water-logged ground beneath a maintenance building at Milligan College gave way during the rainy weather, nearly collapsing but causing no injuries.