BENTON -- It looks like lessons learned from the January 2009 ice storm are proving useful for Scott County officials.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials met with county officials during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday to begin the Public Assistance Grant Program process in Scott County.
Mark Rueschmann, a public assistance coordinator for FEMA, presented county officials with "a brief overview of the program" and introduced Dennis Dukes of El Paso, Texas, as the FEMA project specialist assigned exclusively to Scott County.
"His purpose here is your county -- he is not assigned to anyone else," Rueschmann said. "Today is the kick-off meeting: you have 60 days to show him the damages."
Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger indicated the county will hit the ground running this time.
"We did a lot of documentation as we were in the flood flight," Burger said. "I think the documentation, you will find, is pretty good."
Sheriff Rick Walter noted, for example, that his department has been using separate timesheets for flood-related activity
"That's perfect," Rueschmann said.
For this disaster, Scott County was hit by "rain and runoff," Burger said.
"Roads and culverts are our biggest thing," he said.
Asked by Burger about turning in documentation for work already completed for earlier reimbursement, Rueschmann confirmed that "anything that's done already, we want to get first so we can get some checks rolling into the county faster."
As county officials have apparently carefully documented everything, "your stuff should be pretty much slam dunk," he predicted.
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