City gets $1.5 million check from FEMA

City gets $1.5 million check from FEMA
Officials say debris removal cost roughly $2.2 million. (Source: WALB)
Officials say debris removal cost roughly $2.2 million. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany is now working to rebuild it's emergency funds.

This after FEMA gave the city a check for more than one million dollars.

The check was a reimbursement check, meaning FEMA paid the city of Albany back for money it used during storm recovery.

The check totaled more than one and a half million dollars.

That's money the city took from its emergency funds to pay for storm recovery in January.

The city paid upfront to have contractors come in and cleanup debris.

It also paid to fix some of the city owned buildings that were damaged by the storm.

City officials said debris removal cost them roughly $ 2.2 million.

The reimbursement check from FEMA covers about 75 percent of those costs.

:"In some cities it take a long time to get all of the information that FEMA requires in order to get a reimbursement," said Monique Broughton Knight, the city of Albany's public information officer. "So we are just pleased we were able to keep up with the numbers, keep the documentation and be able to apply and actually receive the first check."

This was only one part of expected FEMA reimbursement to the city.

City officials said they hope to get reimbursed on more funds in the coming months.

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