Dougherty Co. receives $ 3.3 million storm relief grant

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Dougherty County received just over $ 3.3 million at the county commission meeting on Monday.

The money comes from the federal government to help homeowners devastated by storms.

This is part of the federal emergency management risk mitigation grant program. The program is designed to help homeowners who live in areas prone to natural disasters.

County administrator Mike McCoy said the grant went to 18 homes, most of them in Radium Springs.(WALB)

County administrator Mike McCoy said the grant went to 18 homes, most of them in Radium Springs.

“It’s been going on since 2017, when these people first applied to purchase their home and here we are, almost 2021 and they just got an award letter. Homeowners have the option to say, “Hey, I don’t want to reside here anymore because I spent as much as I was dealing with disasters,” McCoy said.

McCoy said homes that the government buys from owners become the property of the county.

He said the land was taken out of payroll and could no longer be used for development and only green space.

The Dougherty County commission will vote on whether or not to accept the grant next week.

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