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Walker County receives grant from to help with storm cleanup

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- Walker County received a $10,000 grant to support disaster relief efforts. The money came from a fund provided by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"With the recent up-tick in storms that we have had to contend with, this money will certainly help bring much needed relief to those most affected," said Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell.

Walker County, along with Dade and Catoosa Counties were hit by a string of tornadoes in April of 2011 that destroyed property, and left piles of debris for property owners, county crews, and volunteers to clean up.

Although not as severe, Walker County has continued to be hit by isolated storms that have produced debris causing damage to property even within the last several weeks.

"We were so thankful to see our community come together to help those whose lives were so tragically disrupted in the 2011 storms," said Heiskell.

Under new mandatory guidelines, required by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division in order to clean up debris in the quantities experienced during such storms as those experienced in 2011, a burn community burn pit has to be dug and the debris burned. Once burning begins, a blower has to be set up to dissipate the smoke.

The money from the grant will be used to purchase the blower that will be used for this debris disposal.

"I want to thank the Methodist Church for providing us this new piece of equipment that will help restore order to the lives of those who potentially could be impacted by future storm damage," Heiskell said.

The reason behind the new requirement is the Walker County's population continues to grow and is now north of 69,000 residents according to 2010 census data.

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