The Georgia Department of Transportation is making up to $6 million in emergency funding available for more than 50 counties impacted by extensive flooding from multiple storms this spring; part of a recovery effort launched by Governor Brian Kemp (R) as the flood damage did not meet the required threshold for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance.
[Above photo by the Georgia DOT.]
“With so many Georgia counties impacted from the storms earlier this year, it was imperative the state act to support the emergency needs of our local counties and communities,” said Gov. Kemp noted in a statement.
“Hardworking Georgians depend on reliable roads and bridges, and this emergency funding will help ensure safe passage now and in the future as Georgia reopens for business,” he noted.
For the purpose of storm repairs, funding allocations were based on material costs such as pipes, culverts, and gravel for dirt roads, or a percentage of the contract cost associated with those repairs. Funding awarded will be in addition to any other local grants allocated to a local government, the governor’s office said.
Eligible counties that reported roadway damage to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will receive correspondence directly from the Georgia DOT with information regarding how to access the funding, the governor’s office said.