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Cobb Denied Federal Aid for Snow Storm

The county did not meet the threshold set by the federal government for damage caused by the February storm.

Cobb Judicial Complex. Courtesy Cobb Government Facebook page/Sgt. James Herndon, Cobb Sheriff's Office
Cobb Judicial Complex. Courtesy Cobb Government Facebook page/Sgt. James Herndon, Cobb Sheriff's Office
By Kristal Dixon

A winter storm that swept through Cobb County in mid-February did not cause enough damage to warrant federal aid.

That's according to a press release from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal, who announced Thursday evening that 39 counties received federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

The ruling allows the feds to reimburse 75 percent of "eligible expenditures and damage costs" in relation to the storm that hit Feb. 10-14, the press release states. 

The 39 counties were: Baldwin, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Candler, Carroll, Columbia, Coweta, Dade, Emanuel, Fayette, Fulton, Gilmer, Glascock, Hancock, Haralson, Heard, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Pike, Richmond, Screven, Spalding, Upson, Walker, Warren, Washington, Whitfield and Wilkes counties.

Cherokee, Bartow, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Forsyth, Paulding, Polk and White counties were included in the governor's request, but not granted assistance "due to not meeting the per capita threshold of $3.50 per person," the governor's office said in a release.

"The winter weather that overtook our state in mid-February caused millions of dollars' worth of damage in many parts of our state," Deal said. "The state of Georgia mobilized significant resources to ensure the safety of our citizens and our property during a time of crisis, and our costs far exceeded the federal threshold for disaster assistance. I appreciate the cooperation of President Obama and FEMA during this response effort."

Chris P. March 07, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Well given that the Federal government is massively insolvent, begging for Federal money for a couple of inches of snow that inconvenienced many but did no permanent damage seems a bit over the top. Perhaps Governor Deal should exercise a little more discretion in these requests, lest he be seen as no better than the fiscally reckless Democrat Jason Carter.
Holly Hardison Pavliscsak March 07, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Apparently you aren't aware of the true disaster that occurred in east Georgia near Augusta...from the ice storm!
Chris P. March 07, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Uh ... the title of the article is "Cobb Denied Federal aid", not "Augusta denied federal aid." if you read the article you'll see that counties to the east and south of Cobb were approved. Those who were truly affected by the storm in a serious way should get some help, but throwing in Cobb and Cherokee was simply irresponsible and reeks of a welfare mentality, to me at least. Let's get ours so that we don't miss out ... that's how we got to our $17 trillion national debt disaster.
Brian March 08, 2014 at 01:49 AM
Chris, there was permanent damage, until fixed. Especially to cars, signs, walls, streetscapes/landscapes and roads.

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