Gas company offers $200K to Nashville flood relief

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 11:04pm
Staff reports

Flood victims in Middle Tennessee are getting a big helping hand. This time from a place some may not expect — a utility company.

The philanthropic arm of Piedmont Natural Gas announced Thursday that it is making $200,000 in grant money available to those affected by flooding.

Of that amount, $100,000 will be available to low-income individuals and families for the replacement of natural gas appliances damaged by the recent flooding. The funds will be distributed in partnership with the Metro Action Commission.

The remaining $100,000 in grants will be divided into $25,000 blocks for the Red Cross, Community Foundation and Hands on Nashville. The remaining $25,000 will distributed among a variety of other organizations involved in the flood relief effort.

In a separate announcement Thursday, Piedmont Natural Gas announced that it was offering a special zero percent financing program for qualifying Piedmont customers in the greater Nashville area who need to replace their flood-damaged natural gas appliances such as water heaters, heating systems or other natural gas appliances.

Distribution of funds could begin as early as next week.

Customers may contact Piedmont Natural Gas at 1-800-752-7504 for additional program details.