Wakulla County Hopes For Federal Aid

By: Jacquie Slater Email
By: Jacquie Slater Email

Wakulla County, Florida- July 3, 2012

Early estimates have the damage in Wakulla County exceeding $8.75 million dollars. Officials say they were unable to get to some homes to assess because of flooding.

"Once the declaration comes it will cover everyone. We just wanted to make sure we had our statistics so when the FEMA folks came down on Friday and Saturday that they could just simply go from house to house," said Keith Blackmar, the Public Information Officer for the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

An official count says there are 412 damaged structures in the county with a total of 40 homes totally destroyed. 61 homes received major damage in the storm while another 41 reported minor damage. Residents and officials are eagerly awaiting for the area to be declared a disaster by the Federal government.

"It's important for Wakulla County that we receive this federal money because we're a fiscally constrained county, what's officially known as a a rural area of economic concern," said Alan Brock, Chairman of the Wakulla County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners say the county simply does not have the funds to repair the roads and bridges themselves.

"With the federal aid will have the opportunity to do this debt free and to rebuild our community faster and better," said Brock.

If FEMA arrives, residents and businesses can apply for individual assistance as well.

"They'll probably be at least one disaster recovery center set up in Wakulla. We're hoping to have two,actually, if we can," said Blackmar.

With the water still receding, it's clear a full recovery is still a long way off.

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