Granite Quarry seeks FEMA funds for flood-related damage caused by Florence
GRANITE QUARRY — A team of representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit Granite Quarry next Monday to assess flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Florence last September.
The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen are hopeful that FEMA disaster-relief money can pay for repairs needed at Granite Lake Park. The heavy rains that came with Florence led to significant bank erosion next to the lake.
Flooding associated with the storm also prompted the town to build a new culvert on Railroad Street near Antioch Baptist Church. In addition, waters washed out some nature trails in Centennial Park.
Town Maintenance Supervisor Jason Hord said the Railroad Street culvert already has been approved for FEMA funds. “We just have to have the right documents signed,” he said.
In a called meeting Monday morning, aldermen approved a resolution for obtaining federal financial assistance. That is a necessary step in the FEMA process.
In the resolution, Hord and Finance Officer Shelly Shockley are designated as the primary and secondary agents, respectively, in dealing with FEMA and the N.C. Division of Emergency Management.
If the town’s requests for federal assistance are approved, Granite Quarry would have to make the repairs at Granite Lake Park and the FEMA money would come as reimbursement.
Hord said the reimbursement money would be meant to bring the lake banks back to the condition they were before the tropical storm.
Hord said the town will have to seek bids on the repair work.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.