Critics chafe at unspent flood relief funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A year after the devastating flood that affected thousands in Middle and West Tennessee, some want to know why all the money raised for victims has not been spent.

More than $29 million was donated for flood relief, according to the Tennessean. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has collected much of that, and millions remain unspent.

That prompted legislators to pass a law last week requiring nonprofits to report how they are spending flood donations.

Foundation president Ellen Lehman said that while a lot of money was collected, it was not enough to simply give out to every victim. The foundation distributes money through grants to various nonprofits involved in flood relief.

Lehman said one problem is there are still victims who have not contacted any agency for help.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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