“With the recent up-tick in storms that we have had to contend with, this money will certainly help bring much-needed relief to those most affected,” said Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell.
Walker County, along with Dade and Catoosa counties, were hit by a string of tornadoes in April 2011 that destroyed much property, leaving piles of debris for property owners, county crews and volunteers to clean up.
Although not as severe, Walker County has continued to be hit by isolated storms that have produced debris-causing damage to property even within the last several weeks.
“We were so thankful to see our community come together to help those whose lives were so tragically disrupted in the 2011 storms,” Heiskell said.
Under new mandatory guidelines required by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division, in order to clean up debris in the quantities experienced during such storms as those experienced in 2011, a community burn pit has to be dug and the debris placed inside to burn. Once burning begins, a blower has to be set up to dissipate the smoke.
The money from the grant will be used to purchase the blower that will be used for this debris disposal.
“I want to thank the Methodist Church for providing us this new piece of equipment that will help restore order to the lives of those who potentially could be impacted by future storm damage,” Heiskell said.
The new requirement is the result of Walker County’s growing population, more than 69,000 residents according to 2010 census data.