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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Elbert County Issues a Formal Disaster Declaration

Flood Disaster Declaration (002)

Elbert County Issues a Formal Disaster Declaration

 As the county moves from the response to the recovery phase of addressing the damage caused by the recent storm related flooding, it has become likely that use of restricted County Contingency Funds may be needed.  These “rainy-day funds” have been set aside over the past several years to ensure that the county can respond to emergency situations without impacting already planned projects and scheduled maintenance operations.  This declaration, effective on June 11th at 10:20pm allows use of these funds and potential reimbursement from the state or federal level.


Based on current assessments of known damages as well as employee hours, equipment usage, and material costs incurred over the past week, approximately $1.1 million may be expended before recovery is complete.  Additionally, assessment of several bridges that may have been impacted by flowing debris and scouring of streambeds is currently underway.


During this flooding event, segments of 16 roads were closed.  Seven segments remain closed of the counties 1,200 plus miles of road.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our First Responders and Road & Bridge Crews, and the caution taken by our citizens, there are no known accidents or injuries related to these closures.  The Elbert County Public Works will be working a 6-day work week for the foreseeable future until all damaged roadways are repaired.


Please monitor county social media sites for updates on road closures and repairs.

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