By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Though the tornado ravaged neighborhoods of Gordon and Bartow counties have not yet qualified for FEMA money, there is still federal assistance available.
According to Gordon County Emergency Management Director Gary Cooper, storm victims may be eligible for some federal aid in the form of a low-interest loan.
“The FBA is able to come in here and offer homeowners and businesses a low percent loan. Where a local bank may be offering a 4-5% interest rate, they may come in here and offer a 3-4% interest rate. It’d be lower than what the banks would offer,” Cooper says. “It looks like a done deal, but we’re still waiting on the final approval from Washington. We’ll let people know as soon as that happens and where they can report to fill out their information.”
Cooper also says there is still a chance that both Adairsville and Sonoraville will qualify for a federal declaration from FEMA. To fall underneath this claim, the damage wrought by the storm had to cause $13.2 million to uninsured homes. The current total is at $73 million in insured and uninsured damage, but numbers are still trickling in.
Meanwhile, clean-up efforts continue for the devastated communities. The United Way of Gordon County has agreed to defray some of the cost of removing storm debris from yards. County officials are limited to picking up tornado waste in roadways, so, in-conjunction with Santek Waste Services of Georgia, the charity organization will provide some monetary assistance to cover debris removal. To apply, you must visit them in person at their office in downtown Calhoun at 109 South King St.