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FEMA deadline for private work is this Tuesday

By Staff
From staff reports
The clock is ticking for those who seek FEMA's assistance in removing Hurricane Ivan debris from their residences and private roads.
The deadline for requesting help is at the close of business this Tuesday, Jan. 26.
The organization agreed to assist with private debris removal two weeks ago after previously FEMA officials previously had stated they would not work on private property.
Interested parties should apply by phone as follows: Atmore, Allen Nix at 368-2253; Brewton, City Hall at 809-1760; East Brewton, Steve Dunaway at 867-7998; Flomaton, Susan Tonder at 296-2431, and all other county residents, B.J. Freeman at 867-0208.
Dunaway, who's taking call from residents in East Brewton, said Friday he had a list of about 40 requests for help. Pete Diurno, who is fielding calls for the City of Brewton, was out of the office on Friday and could not be reached for comment.
FEMA's guidelines for private property debris removal define the conditions for eligibility as "a condition or conditions representing an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public by venue of its unsafe, dangerous or hazardous nature."
Applications will be reviewed and property will be inspected by FEMA officials to determine if the debris cleanup will be eligible for funding under the public assistance program. Eligible cleanup will then be either done by the representative city or county government or contracted out by the respective entity.