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Federal public assistance begins in Tift County

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The first steps for federal money to flow into Tift County for public assistance has begun. Tift County had their kick-off meeting on Friday and have been assigned a GEMA project manager.

That person will work with the public works and roads departments to fix roads damaged by flood waters. They spent the day touring those roads today and are now trying to prioritize the repair work that needs to be done.

"What we don't want to do is get ahead and try to fix something and put it back the way it was because obviously there was a problem. So what we want to do is get the mitigation division involved through FEMA to upgrade. So we can hopefully avoid this," said Tift EMA Director, Scott Bowers.

Construction on roads that will not need mitigation will begin as early as a few weeks. Mitigated roads will take longer because studies on water flow are necessary before they can be repaired.

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