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Posted: October 7, 2009 11:33 p.m.

Flooding damage estimated at $3.5 million

BOC proud of public safety's efforts

As of Tuesday, last month’s flooding was estimated to have caused $3.5 million worth of damage in Newton County.

Trey Polk, director of Newton County’s Emergency Management Agency, said the number will likely change, but $3.5 million was the initial estimate.

EMA Deputy Director Jody Nolan provided an overview of the flooding at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, and he, Polk and the commissioners said they were proud of the county’s response to the flooding.

Although Newton County was hard hit, they fared better than surrounding counties in terms of the damage sustained to buildings and roads. While Newton County had dozens of roads closed, Douglas County had more than 170 roads close at the flooding’s peak.

Despite not being hit as hard, 71 Newton County residents have filed application for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nolan said that FEMA kept in touch with the county throughout the flooding and reached out to residents during and now after the flooding as well.

He praised FEMA’s efforts, as well as those of other county departments, including the GIS department which mapped the flooding as it was happening to help public safety officials respond to problem areas more quickly.

Chairman Kathy Morgan said she was thankful to all of the public safety officials, many of whom worked almost 96 straight hours to help people in need. She said it was a testament to their hard work that no one died from the flooding in Newton County.

If any county residents need assistance in the aftermath of the flooding they can call the county at 678-625-1622 or 678-625-1620 and someone will direct them, or they can apply online at fema.gov/assistance. District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz said the online process is very easy and only take about 15 minutes.

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