Mon., August 29, 2011 3:53pm (EDT)

No Disaster Money Left For Georgia
By Melissa Stiers and Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
GEMA says tens of millions of dollars for tornado-ravaged areas in Georgia won’t come unless Congress replenishes the program.(photo by hiwaycruzer via flickr)
GEMA says tens of millions of dollars for tornado-ravaged areas in Georgia won’t come unless Congress replenishes the program.(photo by hiwaycruzer via flickr)
Hurricane Irene victims will be getting money promised to areas ravaged by tornadoes this Spring, including Georgia.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is running low so the agency is diverting the money to address immediate needs on the East coast.

Charlie English with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency says that means tens of millions of dollars for Georgia won’t come unless Congress replenishes the program.

"So indeed as of Saturday, our long-term recovery projects from a reimbursement standpoint are frozen until we get word that Congress has appropriated the funds," says English.

Sixteen counties in Georgia were declared federal disaster areas earlier this year.