Money for Flooding Victims

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There were multiple items debated at Thursday's county board meeting. But when it came time to vote on flood relief funding, all were in favor of lending a hand. Before voting tonight, the county board got a visual presentation on the flooding. They learned far...48 homes in the county, outside of Rockford, were hit and the damage estimates there...around 12.6 million dollars. In the vote, the board agreed to split 80-thousand dollars between the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. They felt those agencies could put the money to use faster than the county could. "They're able to distribute that money to the people who need it now. They're the primary contacts right now. They've been in touch with those folks. It will be a quick way to get the money out to them," said County Board Member Bob Kinnison. The county is using left-over money it received from F-E-M-A for snow removal efforts last year. Board members also tell us they may give more from that pot of money as flood relief efforts continue.

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