The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Tornado Outbreak 2011

October 27, 2011

City, county await FEMA funds

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Limestone County

Of the $222,700.32 the county sustained in financial losses, it is eligible to receive $167,025.24 as part of FEMA’s 75 percent share. So far, the county has received only $3,700.96 for temporary storage for ice.

The county’s other expected FEMA reimbursements are as follows:

• Emergency protective services for the county EMA: $17,462.03;

• Road repairs: $2,547.98;

• Damaged equipment (Sheriff’s Department): $7,922;

• Emergency protective services (Sheriff’s Department): $65,065.21;

• Sign replacement: $5,097.14;

• District 3 tool shed: $27,982.93;

• Love Branch Road repairs: $17,191.08; and

• Debris removal: $5,557.13.

FEMA funding shortfalls

Following a harsh winter, spring tornado outbreaks and summertime flooding and wildfire events, FEMA finances have been spread thin.

The agency faced running out of funds until a last-ditch effort last month turned up $40 million, giving FEMA roughly $175 million to carry it through the end of the year.

Without the found money, the agency faced the possibility of insolvency.

The Associated Press reported that FEMA spends roughly $35 million per day.

Besides hunting for extra money, the agency also put limits on spending for some recovery projects, including infrastructure repairs from disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.

In late August, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announced that the agency would limit disaster aid money to “immediate needs,” including repaying states for debris removal and giving individual victims financial help.

The move meant that about $400 million in public assistance projects was put on hold.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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