CRA plans fire hydrant painting project

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

The Department of Transportation has been involved in looking for ways to fix the problem, and a detention pond was added at the new McDonald’s restaurant, but the flooding in residential areas and along Highway 77 continues to be a problem.

“The pond at McDonald’s was full to the rim,” Mayor Linda Cain said. “But there has to be something we can do to help these people.”

“We are talking about a fix that ultimately could take millions of dollars,” Miner said. “I think as the city developed, they probably followed the flood plain maps of their time, but I don’t think they were good enough for what we have now.”

Miner told the residents that the recent FEMA disaster declaration did not include individual claims, but he advised them to document all repairs with photos and receipts. “You never know, that may change in the future, so be sure and document any work you have to do,” he said.

For damage to individual residences, FEMA is depending in insurance companies to cover the repairs, he said.

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett told the council the Chipley Redevelopment Agency is planning on having the city Arts Council coordinate a program in which children paint the fire hydrants in the city.

“We want to provide the paint and let them be creative,” Everett said. “We want to get the kids involved and make this a community project.”

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