Counties to make flood repairs with FEMA money

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon for Joey Burgess, his daughter, and her friend. Except that hundreds of cars a week are constantly turning around in his drive. He says, “it’s just right here at the end of the property and course they’ll come here and back up in the driveway.”

And getting to town, Burgess says it takes him twice, even three times as long.

That’s because of roads washed out and closed in the county for almost a month. Judge Executive Larry Elkins said FEMA money will help the county make these repairs.

Elkins says a harsh winter put them behind on previous repairs, and a wet summer is costing even more. He says, “We can’t wait for all that to happen so we can fix what we can and hopefully be reimbursed for a lot of it.”

For the most part people understand, and Elkins hopes they continue to understand repairs will take some time despite FEMA granting them aid.

He says, “We’re working as quickly as we can to get back to normal and notice this is an extraordinary event.”

Until then, Burgess says he doesn’t mind giving directions to the drivers who can’t go any further. But he says he’s ready for the road to be reopened.

Elkins says there are more roads closed in the county than only two, so not all the closures may be covered by FEMA money.

Lyon County is another county that qualified for federal aid. County leaders say flood waters did not hit them as hard as other counties – an estimated $25,000.

Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White said he plans to use the money for repairs and apply for a grant that would make the county more storm ready.

“There’s certain things you can qualify for storm prevention everything from things our first responders could use to preparing certain areas from flooding,” he said.

Other counties that qualified for aid: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon, and Marshall.

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