Cabinet secretaries to examine flood damage

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will tour flooded parts of Nashville with an eye toward recovery plans. The trio is expected to address reporters about the visit at 2:30 p.m. at the Joint Information Center.

Officials say the secretaries will assess the damage and discuss long-term recovery plans with local elected officials and community leaders. More than 13 inches of rain fell over two days last week leaving sections of Nashville underwater.

At least 2,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by flooding. Twenty-six hundred people were left homeless at least temporarily, and thousands evacuated. At week's end, damages were estimated at $1.5 billion and climbing. The death toll from the storms in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi reached 33.

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