Richmond Co. gets $4.8M in funding from FEMA for ice storm cleanup

Richmond Co. gets $4.8M in funding from FEMA for ice storm cleanup

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County is getting more federal funding as reimbursement for debris cleanup after the winter storms earlier this year.

The county will receive a grant of more than $4.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Rep. John Barrow announced Wednesday.

That funding is in addition to the more than $6.7 million awarded to the county last month. More than $5.5 million of that grant went to Richmond County, while more than $1.1 million went to Jefferson Energy Cooperative for their efforts to restore power after the storm.

"Our counties need this support from FEMA from the storms earlier this year," Barrow said. "The costs of cleanup were high, and many were left to pick up the tab. It's important for us to give our local communities the resources they need after a disaster like the ice storm, and we welcome these funds from FEMA."

After the winter storms, Richmond County collected more than 753,000 cubic yards of debris.

Barrow said more the county may receive more funding in the future, depending on the number of applications submitted.

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