Hardin County to receive funding for winter storm damage

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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — A winter storm shutting down parts of Hardin County for an entire week in February was costly, but Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday help is on the way. “It covers the cost for the highway department and public utilities for replacing and repairing lines,” Hardin County Fire and EMA Director Melvin Martin said. Although the storm didn’t blanket all of Hardin County, Superintendent of Roads Paul Blount said the majority of the ice storm damage spanned 6 miles, leaving hundreds of trees to pick up and power lines to repair. “Every 10 or 12 years we seem like we have one, and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Blount said. “It could have been a lot worse than what it was. We were fortunate it warmed up.” After all repairs, the damage estimates total nearly $200,000 for the county. Haslam announced a federal grant will help with costs, reimbursing 75 percent of the county’s expenses. This grant covers the cost of brush removal and road and infrastructure repairs. The county worked with local utility companies and the highway department to receive this grant. Hardin County is the 36th county in Tennessee to be added to this grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association. Weakley and McNairy counties are the other two West Tennessee counties receiving money.

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