Gwinnett seeks reimbursements for flood-related expenses

Gwinnett County has submitted requests for reimbursement of about $2.6 million in flood-related expenses. Grants Manager Tanikia Jackson said federal and state funds will cover about 85 percent, or about $12.7 million, of eligible expenses after all the paperwork has been processed.

County commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday with the Office of Homeland Security/Georgia Emergency Management Agency to accept the first payment of about $10,000.

Eligible expenses include the cost of repairing roads, shoulders, guardrails, sidewalks and county buildings, plus debris removal from county parks and staff salaries and benefits for emergency work during the record floods of September.

The initial payment is for repair work on Arcado Road, Old Norcross Road, Patterson Road and Cole Drive. The FEMA Public Assistance Program reimburses 75 percent, GEMA provides 10 percent, and the county must pay the remaining 15 percent.