Coffee County gets its Christmas present in July

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Coffee County officials described it as “Christmas in July.”

FEMA cut a three-and-a-half million dollar check to the county for repairs made following the Christmas flood of 2015.

Local crews completed more than 250 projects to roads, bridges, and other infrastructure following damage stemming from high water of the Pea River in Elba and the western half of the county.

“We have gotten fully reimbursed and it is now closed out. We are in place should another situation develop to take place,” Coffe County Marty Lentz said.

Although Coffee County received FEMA reimbursement for repair, Elba homeowners who lost their homes in the December 2015 flood continue to wait for their promised FEMA appropriation.

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