Seven months after major flooding hit the Quitman and Clarke County area, the city is now seeing relief after filing multiple claims for repairs. “We’re going to spend $20,000 which is a lot of money for us to have hydrologist studies done, which will tell you the size of the culvert that you have in the certain area.” Said Mayor Eddie Fulton, City of Quitman.
City officials say the process to recovery has been a long journey, but they are thankful for all the assistance received by FEMA. “FEMA has been great, we have a whole crew in Mississippi, and they come by, I’m meeting with them on Thursday, we’re going to settle up with all of our claims and they’ve been helpful and been very suggest about what you should do and event to the point where we’ve had equipment that burnt up and we’ve filed to replace the equipment.” Said Mayor Eddie Fulton, City of Quitman .
With the damage being so sever back in December, flood waters have already cost the city thousands of dollars. “We’ve only spent about three hundred thousand dollars and that comes from our own labor and our own equipment. FEMA will reimburse 75% of your proven expenditures and on my desk is the paperwork, our people keep good records of.” Said Mayor Eddie Fulton, City of Quitman. Mayor Fulton says the filing process was delayed due to FEMA undergoing changes. “FEMA changed the policy, when we first did this, we had four claims in four areas, we did it by flood basin and they didn’t want it by flood basin, they wanted it by particular areas.” Said Mayor Eddie Fulton, City of Quitman. Officials are hoping by the end of the week all paperwork will be processed. “We will be done with all of the work from the storm by the end of this week, it’ll be done the claims will be filed this week too now as far as the houses that were flooded one of the are still in the process of being repaired.” Said Mayor Eddie Fulton, City of Quitman.