FEMA money announced for Richmond County

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Monday, July 28, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Congressman John Barrow's office announced the city is getting just over $5.5 million from FEMA to help cover part of the cleanup costs from February's ice storm.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said the city is still expecting more money, including from Georgia's Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

The city will work with both agencies to make sure a majority of the $17-18 million is reimbursed, Coopenhaver said.

In Augusta, it's estimated to cost the county $16 million for total clean up. Columbia County taxpayers will pay around $600,000. Augusta-Richmond County could pay around $4 to $5 million.

Jefferson Energy Cooperative, which services Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren, and Washington Counties, was also awarded $1,163,975.55 in this latest round of announcements.

Jefferson Energy Cooperative is getting money costs associated with their response to power outages, the release said.

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