Debris Removal Continues in Calhoun County
Calhoun County Commissioners have signed an agreement for debris pick up related to tornado damage. The deal with the state allows Disaster Recovery Center Emergency Services to pick up debris along highway 21, highway 204 and highway 431. Calhoun County Commission Chairman Lee Patterson says there will be three separate loads the company will pick up and haul away.
So far, more than 800 loads of debris have been hauled away from Jacksonville and the surrounding county land. Calhoun County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm says that is more than 47,000 cubic yards of debris. He also says DRC initially believed there would be more than 200,000 yards of debris, but they have since changed that number to be more than 300,000.
Rosenbalm asks residents and volunteers transporting debris to the roadside to continue separating it. As far as the cost, county and state out of pocket expenses must add up to at least $7 Million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to petition for a disaster declaration. Rosenbalm says that if all the work is completed within 30 days of the incident FEMA will reimburse the county up to 85%. Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency Officer Greg Militano says JSU’s Merrill Hall could cost up to $21 Million to rebuild.