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Low funds for FEMA could cut projects

The 1994 flood rocked Albany to the core and devastated huge areas of the city.

Kris Newton, Director of Finance for the City of Albany says, "Everything was overrun so we were very hard hit."

The flood destroyed hundreds of private homes but also decimated many public facilities from schools to public housing units.

Newton says, "An awful lot of gorgeous buildings that you see downtown and on Albany State's campus came after the flood and are the result of support money from FEMA and GEMA."

James Oliver director of ASU facility management says, "Attached to the Facilities management building is a plight that shows the actual height that the water elevated to."

Without $18 million in aid from FEMA, Albany would not be the city it is today, the agency generally got good reviews for its work here, unlike its poor performance after Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

 Newton says," They gave us a lot of money up front and continual support right through."

Albany State received around $35 million dollars for repairs and new buildings, and levee improvements to protect the campus.

Oliver says, " The levee built to withstand over 500 years of flood."

Now FEMA is short on money and some leaders in Washington want to be more careful with FEMA spending.  But natural disasters will continue to happen. And it always takes a lot of time, energy, and money to rebuild.

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