Flood damage weighed

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives were in Franklin County Thursday to survey property damaged by last week's flash flooding.

For now, FEMA and Small Business Administration officials are reviewing surveyed damage and compiling information to send to federal headquarters in Atlanta, according Dan Hayden, Area 14 manager for the state Division of Emergency Management. Hayden said officials in Atlanta will decide if there was enough damage in Franklin County to warrant a presidential declaration of emergency.

Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said earlier this week the county will have to meet a $4 million damage threshold to qualify for disaster funding.

"It all depends on what decision is made as to what type of assistance is made to Franklin County," said Hayden.

Hayden said there is a rush to get information to FEMA headquarters because of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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