More grant money to clean storm debris out of Macon County’s creeks will be on its way from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), District Conservationist Phillip Dixon announced on Friday, April 4.
Read more: Additonal USDA Grant for Creek Clean-Up
The first of 44 FEMA mobile homes that have been approved to come into Macon County finally started arriving on Sunday, March 30. Four mobile homes from Selma, Alabama arrived at Hillsdale Estates, on Highway 10 South, on Sunday, and four more, which will be set up on private property, arrived on Akersville Road on Monday.
Read more: FEMA Housing Arrives
Long Term Recovery of Macon County is the long name of the local organization that was formed to take care of the needs of citizens who were affected by the February 5th tornado – but not nearly as long as the needs of those citizens or the time it will take the county to recover.
The purpose of the LTRMC and the services and processes it will provide were explained to the 60 or 70 people that attended an LTRMC information expo that was held on Saturday, March 30.
Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) from across the state of Tennessee, are banding together in an effort to raise funds for disaster relief in Macon, Trousdale and Allen counties by hosting a benefit dinner and auction at Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette on Sunday, April 6.
Read more: NWTF to Host Disaster Relief Fundaiser April 6
A new contractor was given the job of tornado debris removal by the City of Lafayette, after the first bidder – NATCO – asked to be excused. The contract was awarded on March 20, after new bids by previous bidders and additional contractors were opened. Ward Construction, of Macon County, got the job with the low bid of $87,875. The contract will be signed and preliminary work will begin on Monday, March 24, said Mayor Bill Wells.
Debris pick-up from city road right-of-ways should start on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 25 and 26, according to Wells. Work will include loading and disposal of FEMA eligible debris along roads in the tornado affected areas of the city. Three passes will be made along each route.