Beaver getting FEMA funds for flood damage repairs

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

The city of Green Forest and the town of Beaver are slated to receive disaster relief funds for damage incurred during heavy rains in late April and early May.

Federal and state officials visited with city leaders in both towns on Tuesday to finalize the paperwork.

At the town of Beaver, approximately $11,000 has been recommended for the repair and replacement of RV park facilities that were damaged during the flood.

Jim Young, mayor of Beaver, said the RV park is the main source of revenue for the town.

Because he was unavailable last Tuesday, Young said Don Patterson, the RV Park attendant who put the disaster relief package together. was the one to meet with federal and state officials.

"Don is to be commended for putting the paperwork together," said Young. "He did a great job."

According to Patterson, the electrical power boxes at RV sites in the lower section of the park were damaged by high water and required replacement.

Plus, some of the RV pads that were reworked last year required restoration after two inches of aggregate was washed away.

He said the town should receive 75 percent of the estimated $11,000 in damage from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and another 12.5 percent from the state.

Patterson said he was pleased to know that disaster relief funds will be on their way.

He was most impressed, however, with the officials that made it all possible.

"I worked with the federal government 31 years," he said. "These people (FEMA) were there to assist, not to lord over you. They knew how to fix it and how to do it. I could call him (Damon Naumann, FEMA project officer) anytime. It was so nice. These guys cut through the red tape and put action where words would be. I was impressed."

Naumann estimated the cost for Green Forest water department repairs at $7,538.89.

FEMA is slated to pay 75 percent of that figure, Naumann said, and the state is expected to contribute another 12.5 percent.

The money is to cover three projects submitted by the city and surveyed by state and federal officials.

The first is a temporary water line that was installed during the flood after raging waters washed out an existing line at the Long Creek Bridge in the Carrollton community.

The second project covers the installation of a permanent water line at Long Creek Bridge after flood waters receded.

A washed out water line at Callem Branch, adjacent to County Road 325, qualified as the third project.

Naumann broke down the cost for each project, figuring payroll, overtime hours, equipment and materials.

The figures he recommended for reimbursement purposes are as follows: Long Creek temporary line ---- $1,632.83; Long Creek permanent line ---- $2,705.43; and Callem Branch replacement line ---- $3,200.63.

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