After meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fulton County Judge Curren Everett announced FEMA will award the county road department $21,000 as reimbursement for money the county spent during the December ice storm.
Everett met with Roger Stiles of FEMA and Joe Halsey of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management in the NAEC Orange Room Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 to prepare a project worksheet for damage assessments and scope of work performed by the county.
Damages were incurred because of heavy ice buildup on trees located through the county. Around 1,500 miles of county roads were affected, Everett said.
State Sen. Paul Miller of Melbourne announced that President George W. Bush ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by the Dec. 3-4, 2002, ice storm.
Miller said federal funds are available to local governments in Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the storm.
FEMA appropriates money if a county has spent over $1,000 for removing debris from county roads, Everett said. Fulton County would be reimbursed for money spent on salt placed on paved roads, he added.
County employees hauled and spread 65,340 pounds of salt and 1,116 cubic yards of pit run gravel on asphalt-surfaced county roads. The work was performed as an emergency measure to make roads passable for local traffic, Everett said.
The judge said storm debris was hauled and chipped at the county dump site and made available to county residents for mulch.
Everett said the road department worked Feb. 8 and a partial crew worked the following day blading more snow from the roads that fell during the snow storm Feb. 6.
"I'm very happy with what we are going to receive. We didn't have the ice like the other counties south and east of Fulton County," Everett said.