FEMA officials could have thousands for storm clean up

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News12 First at Five/ Feb. 17, 2014

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Augusta, Ga (WRDW)-----The price of cleaning up after the ice storm could cost Richmond County and homeowners thousands. So county leaders are reaching out to the state and federal government for help.

FEMA and GEMA officials are in town assessing the damage from the ice storm. Richmond County has to meet certain guidelines to get aid.

The cost of the storm is adding up for Richmond County. Dozens of firefighters, sheriff deputies, and dozens of other city employees have been working around the clock.

"We know it's going to cost the city something, but at the end of the day it's well worth it," said Interim Administrator Tameka Allen.

City leaders sat down with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to try and get help paying for the aftermath. Workers with FEMA are also surveying the damage left behind by last week's ice storm. Their assessment will determine if help is on the way to pay for the clean up.

"I believe that assistance is coming from the state as well as from the federal government," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

"There's still a chance that this could be on the back of the county. We need to find 13.6 million dollars worth of debris around the state," said GEMA Director Charlie English.

GEMA Director Charlie English says they're looking for uninsured and uninhabitable homes.
The amount of debris in the right of way will play a huge factor in whether or not Uncle Sam gets out the wallet.

"I don't think the city has the money to meet all those requirements. I don't think we will have to meet all of those requirements," said Mason.