FEMA grants total more than $2.9 million

From Staff Reports

   State Rep. Ralph Cole announced Wednesday that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants for the 1998 flood will amount to an overall total of approximately $2.9 million after recent approval of additional grants. The grants include acquisition funds for damage done in Elizabethton, Roan Mountain and Valley Forge.
   "The 1998 floods were disastrous for our county and especially for those who suffered great losses in the Elizabethton, Roan Mountain and Valley Forge communities of Carter County," Cole said. "These funds will go far in helping our county and our citizens who were most severely affected recover from this disaster."
   Although much of the grant money was approved in various phases over the past few years, recent approval has been given for additional amendments, said Cole. The amendments were requested when previous grants fell short of the estimated projected cost of damages.
   According to Cole, an amended grant of $28,425 was awarded for Elizabethton, and a grant of $7,875 was awarded for Roan Mountain for uniform relocation act assistance for tenants.
   "This brings the total amount awarded by from the FEMA relief initiative funds to 2.9 million for the 1998 flood disaster in Carter County," Cole said.
   The grants have allowed for the acquisition of 46 properties that suffered great damage in Roan Mountain, according to Cole. Approximately 15 homes in Carter County were affected by the acquisition funds. In Valley Forge, two homes have been acquired. FEMA grants are still available additional acquisitions in Valley Forge, Cole said.
   "We appreciate the help of TEMA, our congressional delegation, Gov. Don Sundquist, and FEMA for their assistance in helping us in a time of great need," Cole said.