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Public Works in need of FEMA

How Florence officials plan to use federal funds

Monticello neighborhood Monticello neighborhood

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As some roads around Florence County are being repaired to get them back to the way they were before the flooding, one road in Monticello neighborhood is not even close.

The damage in the Monticello neighborhood didn’t just happen in one day. It has been caused over the past few weeks by heavy traffic over the wet concrete. It caused debris build up, and residents in that neighborhood haven’t seen a repair yet.

Marion Joyner, Supervisor with the Florence County Public Works Department said, “The whole road is completely torn apart and torn up and that’s what we have to replace at some point as soon as we can figure out what we can do and how to replace it.”

To help with this process, a Public Assistance Hearing was held in Florence today to make sure government agencies around the county are taking advantage of the FEMA reimbursement program.

Representatives from Florence County fire, sheriff’s office, and the school district were also there who are in need of being a part of this reimbursement program. They were told by South Carolina Emergency Management Division that it’s their main goal to assist communities in restoration, so their grant money can be issued.

Reggie Baxley, Supervisor Area 2 for the Florence County Public Works Department said, “I’m hoping that we’ll be reimbursed for a lot of it, and I hope the citizens of Florence County will be helped a lot of them are going to need it, I can tell you that.”

Public Works are one of those agencies taking advantage of this reimbursement. The Director tells me there wouldn’t be enough money in the year for emergency maintenance if didn’t have this help.

“Everything still has to dry off. I mean it’s still got a drying out period just like everything else,” said Joyner.

That’s the waiting process these folks have to deal with now. Homeowners down the street from the road damage say this is definitely an inconvenience and tell me Public Works has been out here every day for weeks, but hasn’t been able to start any repairs.

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