Digging Out in Dyersburg

The Dyersburg State Gazette reports that the Forked Deer River is below flood stage and officials are having trouble finding places to house people.

Some of the assistance FEMA provides includes rental assistance programs, uninsured medical losses, transient accommodations, vehicle damages, phone repair grants and personal property replacement.

He said they are having issues with rental resources in Dyersburg and most of the locations were scouted in Jackson. And due to that lack of resources, Page said FEMA mobile homes are an option at this point.

“Ideally we would like to get an applicant in some type of apartment or housing,” said Page. “If that’s not an option then we will start considering the mobile homes, but in this situation where there are as many rental resources this is going to be a prime candidate for that type of service.”

So while Hickman County is having problems paying for the recovery, Dyersburg doesn’t have enough places to put people.

This is what we’ve been talking about when we say that small and rural counties are at a huge disadvantage in situations like this. The hurdles may be the same height as their more urban counterparts, but they don’t have the length of stride that larger counties have, making it harder for small counties to clear them.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about the challenges of small counties in their recovery efforts over the coming weeks.

2 comments for “Digging Out in Dyersburg

  1. Lynn Pruitt
    May 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I am trying to find a person from the Southtown area. She lived on McDermon? Street. Her name is Barbara Mumme. My family and I want to see if she is okay and has a place to live now. Please if anyone knows any information about her, have her to email or call us and let us know how she is.

  2. May 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I used to live in Dyersburg. The acquaintances I have made during that time, I am concerned about the welfare of one resident who lived in SouthTown. She lived on McDermon and her name is Barb Mumme. I would like to know if she is okay and if she has a new place of residency. If anyone knows her whereabouts please give her my email address or have her call me. Thank you.

    Lynn Pruitt
    Lebanon, MO

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