Small town gets big check for fire department

The check was presented at Tuesday's town council meeting.
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 9:07 PM CDT
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Columbia, Ala. (WTVY) -After Hurricane Michael heavily damaged Columbia's fire station things looked bleak. That's because the small town on the banks of the Chattahoochee River has limited tax revenue.

So, when Alabama State Representative Paul W. Lee (R-Dothan) and Senator Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva) brought a $275,000 check—or at least a replica of one---people got excited.

“The volunteer fire department in a town this size is the heartbeat of the community,” Lee. Said. He commended volunteers who kept emergency services operating in makeshift spaces after Michael devastated its building in 2018.

Lee said the money for a new or refurbished building came from Governor Ivey’s discretionary emergency funds. “I thank the governor and I’m sure the people of Columbia thank her.”

The check was presented at Tuesday's town council meeting.

Hurricane Michael hit eastern Houston County harder than it did any part of Alabama. Torrential rains and high winds were too much for the old fire department to withstand.

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