Cullman County’s Easter storm damage estimated at more than $1M

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Damage in Johnson's Crossing April 12, 2020 (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Emergency Management Agency (EMA) at this week’s Cullman County Commission meeting gave an update on the damages caused across the county by tornadoes and storms Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Cullman EMA Assistant Director Scott McDonald said the American Red Cross performed a residential damage assessment in Cullman County following the storms, reporting:

  • 62 residences affected- 51 were single-family homes and 11 were mobile homes
  • $428,000 in structural damage to bridges, roadways and for debris removal (Cullman County Engineer Bryan Cheatwood updated that total to $452,000)
  • $10,000 estimated damage at water department
  • $823,680 in damage at the Cullman Electric Cooperative

 

For emergency declarations, the required local threshold is $300,000, and based on a preliminary damage assessment conducted by Alabama EMA, the required statewide threshold of $7.3 million will be met and exceeded. That means the State of Alabama can request a federal emergency declaration and receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to distribute to affected counties. According to Cullman EMA Director Phyllis Little, Cullman County could receive up to 75% of the funds needed fore repairs in the county from those funds.

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