City And State Counting On FEMA Money After Storm

GREENSBORO, NC-- The city of Greensboro and NC DOT met with FEMA surveyors on Tuesday in hopes of receiving federal funds to help pay for cleanup.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked with city and DOT supervisors about the tremendous cost.

Mike Mills, Division Engineer with the NCDOT said, "We'll have to go back and sit down and see where the money's coming from. Bottom line, it's going to be picked up, how we're going to pay for it is going to be the issue."

The ice storm was twelve days ago but piles upon piles of wooded debris are left on front lawns, sidewalks, and the sides of roads. There are snapped trees and broken trunks all over Guilford County.

DOT estimates there's $7 million worth of clean-up to do in Guilford, Alamance, and Orange counties. Of the storm debris, $3 million of that is just in Guilford County.

"As of today, we got some federal inspectors in, some state inspectors in, they are riding all three counties to see if it's enough damage, debris removal damage to have a federal declaration," said Mills.

In order to get FEMA assistance, the storm clean-up has to be at $13.5 million. DOT said if they don't get FEMA money, it could mean taking away from next year's winter weather budget.

Even before these two recent ice storms, the state DOT was already $10 million over their winter maintenance budget.

The city of Greensboro estimates clean-up from the ice storm will cost between $800,000-$900,000. On Tuesday, FEMA told the city that figure was not high enough. Initial reports show that Greensboro crews have spent between 50,000-100,000 hours of storm recovery labor. The city has collected 1,500 tons of storm debris.


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