Long County was one of nine counties added to the Georgia Declaration for funding which will supplement state agencies and local recovery efforts from damages sustained due to Hurricane Matthew.
Under the newly amended declaration Long and eight other inland counties may request funding under the grant program which would cover debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities parks and recreational facilities.
Liberty County, which had been previously approved for portions of the grant which covered debris removal and emergency protective measures, is now included in the amended declaration. That means the county may now apply for funding to cover costs related to all the areas now covered by the grant as mentioned above.
The amended declaration provides financial assistance for government agencies and recovery personnel for Liberty and Long County. It does not, however, provide individual financial assistance for those seeking monetary help for the loss or damages to home or personal property.
Federal Emergency Management representatives have assessed Liberty County. The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management says a final decision is pending on whether individual financial assistance from FEMA will be approved for our area.