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United States : Basin authority estimates flood damage more than $3million.

Torrential rains and unparalleled flooding in May caused $3.425 million in damages to West Tennessee rivers and flood control structures.

The West Tennessee River Basin Authority estimated the damages and is seeking reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and from the Natural Resources Conservation Service's emergency watershed protection program.

Four of the basin authority's flood control structures suffered major damages; repair and design costs for those four structures are expected to be about $900,000, Basin Authority Executive Director David Salyers said.

Erosion caused the emergency spillways to fail on Eubanks No. 2 Flood Control Structure in northeast Madison County and Moss Creek No. 4 Flood Control Structure in Carroll County. Spring Creek Flood Control Structure and Phillips Creek Flood Control Structure, both in Madison County, had significant erosion to their emergency spillways. The dam on McKellar No. 2 Flood Control Structure in Madison County was breached and the primary spillway exposed.

Riverbank erosion is threatening the stability of homes, bridges and roads throughout the region.

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