Walker County receives grant to help with storm cleanup
LAFAYETTE, WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- Walker County has received a $50,000 grant to help offset some of the costs attributed to recent storm recovery efforts.
"Over the past several months county crews have been tasked with the responsibility of helping residents with cleanup of storm damage and providing help to many who were displaced by the storms. This grant will help with some of the costs associated with this task," says Bebe Heiskell, Walker County Commissioner.
The Lyndhurst Foundation provided this grant. Lyndhurst is currently working with other local foundations, churches, and nonprofit organizations to provide tornado disaster relief assistance in Walker, Dade, and Catoosa Counties in Georgia; DeKalb and Jackson Counties in Alabama; and Hamilton County in Tennessee.
"This is truly a tremendous asset to the citizens of Walker County because it is a one hundred percent grant with no match having to be committed by the county from its general fund. This money has allowed the county to contract with an outside company to help move the cleanup efforts faster by supplementing our own county labor force," says Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn.
The Lyndhurst Foundation had initially provided money to aid the county immediately following storms that cut a path through Hinkle, Chattanooga Valley, and Rossville back in April of this year.
The initial amount was used to help with cleanup activities centralized in the vicinity of Hinkle on Lookout Mountain, which was very hard hit by the storms.
"The foundation has extended the initial amount to further help with the cost of cleanup," Ashburn said.
The money will be to help with additional cleanup along the right of way, to assist homeowners trying to clean up lawns, and to purchase 100 shelter/medical cots, 200 bedding kits, and 200 personal hygiene kits to be used for shelter and/or portable hospital operations in the future.