Trees came down across metro Atlanta area as Hurricane Irma swept through Georgia last September. Cherokee County is seeking $80,596 from FEMA to reimburse its costs responding to the storm. Henry Taylor/For the AJC

Cherokee to seek federal funds for hurricane response

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has authorized its chairman to seek $80,596 from federal disaster authorities to reimburse the county for its costs responding to Hurricane Irma.

When the hurricane struck Georgia last September, the Cherokee County Emergency Operations Center was activated to coordinate city and county agencies dealing with the storm and its aftereffects, according to a staff report to commissioners.

Renee Cornelison, director of the Cherokee Emergency Management Agency, gathered up time sheets, work orders and materials/equipment logs from agencies with eligible expenses and submitted them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement, staff said. Most of the reimbursable costs, $63,767, were for debris removal.

The board authorized Chairman L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens to execute the documents required by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for federal reimbursement.

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