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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:35am

Disaster Aid Funds Safe For Now

Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term.

The U.S. Senate on Monday was set to vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown, as funding runs out Friday. The bill includes money for FEMA's drained disaster relief fund. But the Republican House and the Democratic Senate can't agree on offsetting disaster funding with cuts.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency says federal assistance money already approved for individuals and immediate cleanup from severe weather this year is still in-place. That goes for the late April tornado outbreak in parts of northwest and west-central Georgia that affected more than two dozen counties.

In July, FEMA had approved nearly $15 million dollars for disbursement.

However, federal money for longer-term projects to rebuild public infrastructure could be delayed.


Associated Press

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