FEMA Assesing Damage in Wiregrass

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Federal and state EMA officials paid a visit to the wiregrass Tuesday.

They're here to assess damage left by recent heavy rainfall.

2009 proved to be a very wet year for most of the wiregrass.

Officials in Henry County are currently working on a couple of projects and are asking FEMA to kick some cash their way.

Mother Nature caused some big problems in the wiregrass in 2009.

“2009 has been very wet for Henry County. the rain in March was significantly more than we had this last time but I think since there has been so much rainfall the accumulation has made the ground and the roads a little bit weaker,” said Chad Sowell, Henry Co. Public Information Officer.

Tuesday, officials in Henry County toured several areas in desperate need of repair and improvement

A sinkhole in Abbeville poses a serious threat to the integrity of a nearby road.

“If we don't fix it, it would begin to undermine the road and it would eventually cause the road to cave in,” said Robert Wright, Street Sanitation Superintendent in Abbeville.

“Due to some rainfall, we had a lot of inflow on our sewer system caused the sewer line to collapse about 240 feet,” said Jason Singletary, Water and Wastewater Superintendent for Headland

that sewer line collapse in Headland is tops on the project priority list and will cost a pretty penny to fix.

“It's been effecting about 227 homes and businesses and this project is going to run around $60,000” said Singletary.

And officials hope FEMA will foot the bill.

“If we could get FEMA money that'd be great, that's what FEMA is there for is to help us in emergencies situations and this was an emergency,” said Singletary.

“Hopefully they will be able to grant us the amount of money we need to get it fixed,” added Wright.

Right now, just one road in the entire county is closed and for good reason.

“County road 235 in the northwest end of the county is still closed; it washed away it caved in the middle,” said Sowell.
Officials in Henry County say now they just sit back and wait to see if FEMA approves their request for financial assistance.

If FEMA doesn't, then cities and the county will have to try and work it in their budgets to get those projects paid for.

Officials also say the abundant rainfall destroyed many Henry county farmer's crops.

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