Federal disaster aid offered to GA after ice storm - CBS46 News

Federal disaster aid offered to GA after ice storm

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ATLANTA (CBS46/AP) -

Federal funding is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Georgia affected by February's winter storm.

President Barack Obama signed the Georgia Disaster Declaration, ordering aid for 39 counties impacted by the winter storm during February 10-14.

Funds will be available to state, eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a severe winter storm.

The counties eligible are Baldwin, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Candler, Carroll, Columbia, Coweta, Dade, Emanuel, Fayette, Fulton, Gilmer, Glascock, Hancock, Haralson, Heard, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Pike, Richmond, Screven, Spalding, Upson, Walker, Warren, Washington, Whitfield, and Wilkes.

Govenor Nathan Deal said in a statement that nine other counties including Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb and Forsyth were included in his request for assistance, but didn't meet the per-capita funding threshold of $3.50 per person.

Deal says the declaration allows the federal government to reimburse the state for 75 percent of eligible storm-related cleanup costs.

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