On March 15, Corker and Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R ), along with Republicans Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee MORE, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan and Chuck Fleischman, called on Obama to swiftly approve aid for tornadoes and flooding that has caused millions of dollars in damaged homes.

"We strongly urge you to approve Governor Haslam's request, and we hope you will consider our State's request as soon as possible," they wrote. "The storms that swept through Tennessee beginning February 29, 2012 claimed three lives, damaged hundreds of homes and left families across the state in need of immediate shelter."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that disaster aid would be made available to the 10 counties, and said federal grants could be used for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property damage, and other programs.

On the same day, FEMA also declared that three counties in West Virginia could also receive disaster aid for the storms that hit those counties between February 29 and March 5.