Alabama city agrees to repay some hurricane funds

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - The Gulf Shores City Council has agreed
to repay the federal government $1.36 million in costs associated
with the cleanup after hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, ending a
years-long battle with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gulf Shores had appealed FEMA's claims that the city owed more
than $13 million spent after the 2004 and 2005 storms to remove
sand from streets and private property and put it back on the

Following a unanimous vote on Monday, Craft said the city would
cut a check to send to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency,
which serves as a clearing house for federal disaster funds.

At issue was how Gulf Shores went about collecting, cleaning and
replacing the vast amounts of sand that the storms' surges forced
from the beach into streets, driveways and yards.

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