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County receives FEMA grant for repairing low-water crossings

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:39 am

The low-water crossing on Taylor School Road at Bob’s Creek was the site of several rescues during last spring’s flash flooding. The crossing will be replaced with a bridge thanks to a federal grant the county has just been awarded.
Megan Gearhart photo.

By Megan Gearhart

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a grant to Lincoln County to repair dangerous low-water crossings.
Emma Epplin, Lincoln County emergency management director, said the funds are separate from the disaster relief funds that FEMA has already allocated to the county.
The grant will cover 75 percent of the $1.4 million project. The county will be responsible for the remaining balance, which will come out of the general revenue fund, according to Epplin.
Eight crossings are targeted for repair or replacement.
Their locations include Taylor School Road, Duckett Road, Gessman Road, Hardy Road, Humphrey Road, Zumwalt Road, and two on Shepard Farm Road.
Epplin said the crossings selected for repair proved treacherous during the county’s flash flooding event last spring, with several emergency rescues taking place at the Taylor School Road crossing.
Epplin said the county’s engineering firm, SKW Design, is already out performing survey work on the project. All of the work is expected to be completed by June 29, 2019.

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