IT COULD TAKE MORE THAN THREE MONTHS BEFORE WALKER COUNTY CAN LET BIDS FOR – AND BEGIN WORK ON – TWO ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS… BROUGHT ON BY SEPTEMBER’S FLOOD.  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR DAVID ASHBURN SAID IT WILL LIKELY BE AROUND MARCH 1st OF NEXT YEAR BEFORE BIDS WILL BE LET TO REBUILD A COLLAPSED BRIDGE ON EAST REED ROAD… AND THE MOUNTAIN-SLIDE-DAMAGED DAUGHERTY GAP ROAD NEAR MOUNTAIN COVE. 

ASHBURN SAID THE TWO PROJECTS WILL PROBABLY TOTAL MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS… MONEY THE COUNTY DOES NOT HAVE IN THE BUDGET.  SO THEY MUST "JUMP THROUGH THE HOOPS" TO GET FEDERAL DISASTER FUNDING THROUGH FEMA… AND THAT IS A FAIRLY LENGTHY PROCESS.  ASHBURN SAID THAT THE TOTAL OF WALKER COUNTY GOVERNMENT’S DAMAGE REPAIR FROM THE FLOOD WILL LIKELY BE AROUND 2 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS WHEN ALL IS COMPLETED. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE PRIVATE PROPERTY OR DAMAGE WITHIN THE CITIES.

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