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June 22, 2012

Locals lobby for coverage of flood-debris cleanup

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He said they probably created larger piles to make it easier to remove later, but it has had the opposite effect.

Parr said he would read the Army Corps of Engineers report on the flood before making a final decision but seemed steadfast in his belief that the town would not qualify for funding.

“It has to be a threat to life or improved property. This isn’t improved property. It’s OK if (flooding) moves the debris around in the woods,” Parr explained.

“I’m with you. A 100- or a 500-year event will cause huge issues here … but I can only protect up to the five-year event, and even then ... (only) when there’s improved land or life at stake, and I’m sorry, I’m just not seeing it.”

Douglas countered that in his nine years as supervisor, he has seen seven declared states of emergency, “so I don’t believe anything to do with a 100-year flood or a 500-year flood. It happens. It just depends on the amount of rainfall.”

A decision is expected from FEMA in the next several weeks.

Douglas is already eyeing other sources of revenue. He has applied to the Department of Environmental Conservation for a $500,000 state grant, separate from the FEMA funding, to assist the town with debris removal.

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