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Senate Proceeding 05-10-11 on May 10th, 2011 :: 0:15:20 to 0:25:20
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Lamar Alexander

0:15:17 to 0:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator from tennessee. mr on friday, i visited memphis to see the flooding along the mississippi river myself friday, visited memphis to see

Lamar Alexander

0:15:20 to 0:25:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar Alexander

0:15:38 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the flooding along the mississippi river myself and to visit with volunteers who were helping and to see the tremendously well-coordinated effort of emergency workers who are meeting and working every day, long into the evenings, and have been doing so for the last two weeks and will continue to do so for the next few. i want to make sure that, as the

Lamar Alexander

0:16:01 to 0:16:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: federal government's role for helping arrives, that we're doing everything that we should be doing. it's quite a sight in memphis. i mean, the mississippi river today is 14 feet above flood stage. it's at a level that nearly

Lamar Alexander

0:16:23 to 0:16:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: equals the level in 1937. the river is normally a half mile wide. today it is three miles wide. and a great many people in tennessee and arkansas have been evacuated because their homes are flooded with water. as we saw a year ago in the

Lamar Alexander

0:16:44 to 0:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennessee floods which stretched from nashville to memphis, and as i saw in hamilton county near chattanooga, tennesseans know how to respond to this kind of tragedy. they are doing it again by helping one another and helping to clean up rather than complaing and looting.

Lamar Alexander

0:17:05 to 0:17:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: it is an impressive sight. bob nations, who is the director of the shelby county emergency management agency, presides over daily meetings of maybe 50 or 60 people from a variety of volunteer and governmental sources who are carefully coordinated to deal with

Lamar Alexander

0:17:26 to 0:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: everything from watching the levees to looking for sand boils to helping people evacuate, to dealing with utilities that may be threatened by flooding. he's doing a tremendous job. colonel vernie rischling was there on friday.

Lamar Alexander

0:17:47 to 0:18:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: he has had a tough couple of weeks. he was the one who had to make the decision to blow up a levee in missouri, which hurt families in that area, but saved towns -- whole towns that are downriver in the mississippi river from irreparable damage in northwest tennessee and also in missouri.

Lamar Alexander

0:18:08 to 0:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: he was there providing us with the latest information and overall the corps tio' worker has been exemplary. none of the levees around memphis has been breached and it appears none will be breached despite the weather.

Lamar Alexander

0:18:29 to 0:18:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the national weather service have been an important part of the effort. the university of memphis -- the university of memphis has contributed daily maps that will predict where the water will go, which have proven to be fairly accurate, which is enormously

Lamar Alexander

0:18:50 to 0:19:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: helpful in helping the volunteers and others find a way to evacuate when they need to be evacuated or before they need to be evacuated. i visited with volunteers who are filling sandbags near the pyramid. these included off-duty military personnel from the navy base nearby. these included people from land that's going to stay dry in

Lamar Alexander

0:19:13 to 0:19:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: other parts of shelby county. they just knew that somebody need the help. i traveled to moff island where the floodwaters continued to rise. officials still predetected as many as 3,000 property and six schools can be feactd by the flooding. one of the most impressive stories is that of hope

Lamar Alexander

0:19:36 to 0:19:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: presbyterian church and pastor craig stricklin. the church has organized up to 13 shelters. two of them were filled when i was there on friday. more of them are filling up. all of this is being done without any cost to the government, without any cost to the individuals who are being sheltered there. it is all be provided by the

Lamar Alexander

0:19:57 to 0:20:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: churches and the synagogues of memphis. reverend stricklin and hope presbyterian church deserve enormous credit for the role their playing, along with others in shelby counsel tism the federal government, through the efforts of the corps, are leading the fight. this is the largest flood in the history of the mississippi river

Lamar Alexander

0:20:23 to 0:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and the trai trib tear project. the problem is caused because it received 600 more inches of rain nawnl it normally did in the span of two weeks. over 4 million people are protected by the mississippi river and tributaries project.

Lamar Alexander

0:20:44 to 0:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: it is being tested in ways that it never has before. the system is performing as designed. the corps made the tough choices choices that i talked about earlier. it will continue to need to make tough choices as the water moves south. the flood has been fought since the 2k4 24th day of april.

Lamar Alexander

0:21:07 to 0:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the federal government, through fema, is also helping state and local officials evacuate those in harm's way in advance of the floodwater. governor hazard l of tennessee has requested and our entire delegation our states request for emergency evacuation assistance to help move residents in several counties to higher ground.

Lamar Alexander

0:21:29 to 0:21:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the president responded quickly. and we thank him for that. over the weekend, the congressional delegation also supported governor hassle's request for federal assistance to help victims in 15 more counties recovering from the floods. this is a different sort of request. the first was evacuation.

Lamar Alexander

0:21:51 to 0:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: this is to help those recover. the record rainfall and flooding has only odd added to the deaf nation caused by the storms. last night i learned the president has approved the request to make additional public assistance available to families hit in those areas. i would said to the tennesseans affected by this that now that

Lamar Alexander

0:22:12 to 0:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the president has approved opportunities for individual assistance, i hope they will take advantage of this. there is a telephone number to call. it is 1-800-621-fema. 1-800-621-3362. unfortunately, we have had some experience with this telephone

Lamar Alexander

0:22:33 to 0:22:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: number in tennessee in the last yeemplet the floods that came exactly a year ago which hit counties from nashville to memphis, produced enormous devastation. $2 billion alone in davidson county. what we 230u7bdz with fema, once the president had granted assistance, the tennesseans who called that telephone number got a quick response, usually had an

Lamar Alexander

0:22:54 to 0:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: inspector there within a few day, and in most cases where there was damage received a check of up to $30,000 within a few days. we hope that happens again, although we understand there is terrible devastation in hundreds of counties right now around the curntion especially in alabama and the eastern part of tennessee. but i want to make sure that residents and neighbors in

Lamar Alexander

0:23:16 to 0:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennessee know that that fema number -- 1-800-621-fema -- is available now to be called. the first thing they'll do is for for your zip code. after that they will have a chance to provide help. the most important thing that tennesseans can do in preparation for that is to document the losses. this flood will impact our state

Lamar Alexander

0:23:37 to 0:23:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: nor weeks. the river only crested last night. second-highest flood stage ever recorded. it will take days for the waters to recede. only then will we know the true extent of the damage. the volunteers and the emergency crews and the church shelters will be open for a long time after today.

Lamar Alexander

0:24:00 to 0:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i am proud of the tennesseans who are responding from the corps of engineers personnel to the hope presbyterian church shelters, to the professionals with mr. nasens. senator corker and i are working together to make sure that we do all we can to expedite the

Lamar Alexander

0:24:21 to 0:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: federal help and response to this historic disaster that's occurred in the western part of our state. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the two letters i'm passing to the desk be included in the "congressional record" immediately following my remarks. they are the two letters that our delegation has sent to the president asking -- a request

Lamar Alexander

0:24:42 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: for declaration for disaster assistance. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. alexander: mr. president, i notice the absence of quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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