Baptist group volunteers to help residents with demolition

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

Cook said one of the determining factors the city would face in getting federal assistance is documentation of expenses. “Document, document, document,” she said. “We want to know how much it is costing to clean up. We’ve gotten some calls from people, but we want to know what it’s costing, so hopefully more people will call in.” She also asked that people send any photos of flood damage to City Hall from their phones and cameras.

The flooding also affected City Hall and the old high school, including the gymnasium, which has been closed.

Resident Dwayne McDonald asked the council if he could reopen the gymnasium for children to play basketball now that the floor has dried. One hallway in the old school is still holding water from the flood, City Clerk Dian Hendrix said, and the public should not be allowed access to the hallway due to safety concerns.

Hawkins suggested sealing off access to the hallway with a tarp, and McDonald asked if the youth could not access the gymnasium from the back door, avoiding the hallway and the front entrance.

The council agreed to allow children to return to the gymnasium, as long as the door was secured in the evening.

The city’s Fourth of July celebration has been rescheduled for Aug. 31 due to the flooding, the mayor said, the city will have to pay a $550 penalty for changing the date of the fireworks show.

“We tried to push it back even further, but that was the latest date he was willing to go,” Cook said. She added that the Tourism Development Council would consider on Monday what to do about the grant the city had requested for July 4.

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