Ice Storm

A man sprinkles salt on a sidewalk to remove ice in downtown Ada Friday morning, Jan. 29, 2010. (Photo by Richard R. Barron)

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A press release from Federal Emergency Management Agency said federal money has been allocated for Oklahoma’s recent disasters.

Harold Holman, FEMA public information officer, said FEMA will pick up the tab for 75 percent of cleanup efforts for the Dec. 24-25, 2009 blizzard, Jan. 28-30, 2010 ice storm and May 10-13, 2010 tornadoes.

“FEMA will pay 75 percent, the state will pick up another 12.5 percent and it’s up to the muncipalities or counties to pick up the other 12.5 percent,” he said.

For Pontotoc County, FEMA will be allocating $34,541.59 for the blizzard and $160,514.63 for the ice storm, the release said.  Pontotoc County will receive no money for the tornadoes, as damage was only in surrounding counties.

Holman said the money currently allocated would be for debris removal and protective measures.  He said more money would be appropriated for roads, bridges, public buildings and public utilities.

To find out what is being allocated for other counties, visit www.fema.gov/Oklahoma, click on the “Recovery Statistics” button and click on the county of interest on the map.

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