Dade County still cleaning up after April tornadoes
DADE COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- It's been two months since the powerful tornadoes ravaged the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia.
Now in Dade County, there's still debris alongside state roads, and there is confusion on who's responsible for picking it up.
Storm victims say they're just ready to move on with their lives and start the rebuilding process.
"We got out lucky... sure did....we got lucky," says Matt Stoglin.
Stoglin had to move after the April 27th tornadoes came through Dade County. He says 4 trees hit his house on Highway 11.
"That side was worse than the destruction on this side," says Stoglin.
Some debris remains, Dade County Executive Ted Rumley says the reason was a slight mix up. Contractors hired by the county were cleaning debris on Hwy 11 and other state routes.
"Then FEMA said that's not ....you're not supposed to be doing that," says Rumley.
Rumley says FEMA representatives said because the State and the County were both applicants for aid with the Federal Government, the State needed to take care of state routes. Dade County has several including Highways 136, 189 and 301 on Sand Mountain.
"A month into people were calling saying when are you gonna pick up home debris on state routes," says Rumley.
"This place wasn't too bad when they cleaned it, I was just grabbing up they had to bulldoze and clean before they do anything," says Stoglin.
Rumley says state workers were helping with clean up immediately after the tornadoes but as a policy the state doesn't pick up home debris.
Rumley knew under these circumstances he needed to make a trip to Atlanta to talk to the agency heads.
They expect approval next week. The state will contract the same company the county is using. FEMA will re-imburse the state 75 percent.
"This is a disaster, we didn't ask for the tornado to come blow away Dade County, but whether we work out a deal or not, it's gonna be picked up," says Rumley.
The contract to clean the debris will cost the county $350,000 to $370,000.
Rumley says that's a chunk of cash for a county with an $8.5 million budget.
Good news for Dade County residents, the county has proposed to roll back the millage rate by 7.62 percent.