August 21, 2008

FEMA Joins Emergency Management Director on Tour of Scotland County Storm Damage

Representatives from the State and Federal Emergency Management Agency joined local emergency management director Bryan Whitney and Scotland County road and bridge supervisor Ryan Clark for a 41-mile tour of the region on August 13th.

The SEMA and FEMA agents worked with Whitney to review the county following severe storms July 27th and July 29th in an effort to determine if the region qualifies for state and or federal aid.

Whitney indicated that county roads took the bulk of the storm damage, with preliminary estimates at $400,000 to repair rutting, erosion and gravel loss. The emergency aid also can help reimburse local agencies for time and equipment dedicated to storm relief and cleanup.

City, county and state crews spent nearly a week cleaning up debris, clearing plugged road tubes and repairing other storm damage in the wake of the two separate storms.

The review team also met with city and school district officials regarding storm damage. The city had an estimated $14,000 in storm related costs while the school lost its welcome sign and message board in front of the facility during the high winds of the first storm.

“This is just the first step in a long process,” Whitney stated. “We have no idea if we will receive any aid, but we all worked together to insure we will be considered for the assistance.”

He indicated this is the first time since 1993 that all 16 counties of the states Troop B region of northeast Missouri are all seeking disaster assistance.

The process starts with a local review committee. The request for aid can then go to the state and/or federal level for consideration if approved by the committee.

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