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Bulloch, other counties to get federal storm aid

Bulloch, other counties to get federal storm aid

Bulloch, other counties to get federal storm aid

Bulloch County Public Safety Director...

Bulloch County and some neighboring counties will be reimbursed for at least two-thirds of the cost of damages from the ice storm last month after President Barack Obama approved a disaster declaration request from Gov. Nathan Deal for 39 counties.

State funds could possibly reimburse an additional 10 percent of the $323,139 it cost the county to clean up debris and otherwise repair damages, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said.

The winter storm coated the area with ice and freezing rain, and its effects lasted from Feb. 10-14. Fallen trees and limbs made up most of the storm damage, and downed power lines kept some customers in the dark, and without heat in subfreezing temperatures, for days.
The declaration allows for the federal government to reimburse 75 percent of eligible expenditures and damage costs.

"The winter weather that overtook our state in mid-February caused millions of dollars' worth of damage in many parts of our state," Deal said in a news release last week. "The state of Georgia mobilized significant resources to ensure the safety of our citizens and our property during a time of crisis, and our costs far exceeded the federal threshold for disaster assistance. I appreciate the cooperation of President Obama and FEMA during this response effort."

Of the 39 counties to receive federal reimbursement, ones in the region are: Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins and Screven, according to information released by Deal's office.

Wynn said Bulloch County employees' "... hard work and great records got us included in this" reimbursement.
Expenses incurred by county departments and the city of Statesboro are as follows:

- Bulloch County 911, $503;
- Bulloch County Emergency Medical Service, $3,414;
- Bulloch County Emergency Operations Center, $9,245;
- Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, $16,504;
- Bulloch County Transportation Department, $83,187
- Statesboro Fire Department, $61,328;
- Statesboro Police Department, $5,894;
- Statesboro Public Works, $125,930.

Tippage fees were $17,133, but that number may rise as Statesboro officials continue the tally, Wynn said.

The expenses for Statesboro and Bulloch County's recovery efforts total $323,139, Wynn said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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