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Hall residents ineligible for federal Irma individual assistance
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After a tree damaged Cathy Georgia’s and Gwen Cummings’ residence on Sept.11, the community helped the women who were displaced by the storm. GEMA and Hall County announced Friday, Oct. 13, that residents would not be eligible to apply for federal funds for individual assistance. - photo by For The Times

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency notified Hall County officials Friday that residents would not be eligible to apply for assistance from Tropical Storm Irma.

“A thorough evaluation of damages in Hall County was completed by a joint federal/state/county preliminary damage assessment team,” said Charlie Dawson, public assistance and recovery manager with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Homeland Security Agency, in a news release. “The documented damages reported did not warrant federal individual assistance.”

The county did, however, qualify for public assistance which includes clearing public streets and repairs on government facilities, Hall County Emergency Management Agency Director David Kimbrell said.

The assessment was submitted last month.

“There has to be — and they have an algorithm where they calculate that — a considerable number of damage that’s uninsured. So the majority we think of what we looked at, probably 75-80 percent of that is insured,” Kimbrell said on the individual assistance decision.

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