For a city that was profoundly impacted by holiday flooding, the relief efforts are just getting off the ground.
Elba, a city in Coffee County in Alabama, was hit with severe flooding around Christmas time last year. And the damage to the town’s infrastructure has not yet been fully repaired.
According to FEMA, there are 304 damage sites over 156 country roads. Only 36 road repairs have been completed, accounting for just 23% of the damage.
The surveyed damage is estimated to be costly, and different disaster relief organizations have split up the relief efforts.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program estimates their 15 sites will cost $834,887. The Federal Highway Administration for the Emergency Relief Program authorized spending $1,346,200 for their 40 roads, and FEMA spent $466,760 restoring 24 supplementary roads.
Additionally, county engineers are playing the waiting game for the Alabama Department of Transportation to release their scour reports. Scour is when the water flow erodes the sediment underneath, causing great damage to the bridge structure.
The reports on these four remaining sites will offer a better estimate of damages.
In order to help out in the relief efforts, tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) came together to establish a disaster relief fund.
Along with donations from LPGA fans, the three groups pledged $5,000 to the flood victims.
As reported on WTVM.com, Yokohama Tire representative Theresa Palanga explains, “We want to help families get back on their feet. You know, we’re part of the community, we’ve been here three years so anything that we can do to lend a hand, we’re glad to do that.”
These donations will help homeowners get back on their feet. Water damage is responsible for 22% of all home insurance claims, totaling $4,024 per claim on average.