FEMA Crews to assess damaged roads in Limestone County

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Damaged roads have become a serious and expensive priority in Limestone County. Christmas floods wreaked havoc on multiple areas and now the county is focusing on how fund repairs.

Saturday FEMA representatives will be visiting five county roads to assess damages and put a price tag on repairs.

“Flooding just washed away everything,” Limestone County Commission Chairman, Mark Yarbrough explained Christmas flooding issues. “Around the drainage structure around the storm drain pipe.”

The county is seeking Federal Public Assistance on these five roads: Sharp Road, Holt Springer Road, Cowford Road, Jones Road and Newby Road

In order to receive FEMA assistance, it all comes down to a numbers game.

“The assessments we’ve done for FEMA money totals $258,000,” explained Yarbrough.

However, the threshold needed to qualify for aid sits at $320,000.

Saturday FEMA crews will assess the damage and put their price tag on repairs. If the county reaches that number, commissioners will be able to make repairs without depleting scarce road budgets.

“When you have an instance like this it really straps them for the entire budget year,” said Yarbrough.

The two big ticket repairs are on Shaw Road and the Old Highway 20 bridge between Mooresville and Greenbrier Rd. Repairs range from $400,000 to more than a million dollars if the bridge has to be replaced. The county will be reimbursed 100% though Federal Emergency Relief Money.

“It’s huge because that’s about the only way we can fix them at this time is that money,” said Yarbrough.

And if FEMA money is unavailable for the other road repairs, the county will swiftly take action.

“We will,” said Yarbrough. “We’ll put it on the list to get it repaired.”

The county is expecting to have results from FEMA in the coming week or so and crews will be out at the old highway 20 bridge next week to decide how to fix the bridge.

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