The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced Friday they will receive a Presidential Disaster Declaration after flooding and mudslides hit the area in January.
The Tribe said they suffered $3 million in damage to homes and infrastructure after the torrential rains hit the Cherokee Indian Reservation, with an additional $7.2 million in damage to U.S. Highway 441.
Seventeen inches of rain fell in the area, resulting in multiple mudslides and severe flooding, according to the tribe.
The declaration is the first for a federally-recognized Native American tribe since the Stafford Act was amended in January. The Stafford Act allows for federal disaster assistance for state and local governments, and was amended for relief from Superstorm Sandy earlier this year.
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