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Roxboro Leaders Seek Federal Funds For Remaining Storm Cleanup

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ROXBORO, N.C. — Though the last ice storm in the area may be a memory, the debris left behind is not.

Roxboro leaders say they need money to clean up the remaining debris. They're looking for state or federal funds.

The late February storm has cost the city $351,000. On top of that, Roxboro had to spend another $200,000 for two new emergency generators.

According to the city's Public Affairs officer, the city is limiting its pickup of storm debris to debris that is a major inconvenience or safety hazard. That's because, to be reimbursed, Roxboro has to be declared a disaster area. If the city cleans everything up before it is declared a disaster, then the city won't be reimbursed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's initial estimate for cleanup costs for Roxboro was approximately $370,000.

Monday, the City Council approved a request by the assistant city manager to look into the purchase of two new emergency generators for the water plant and pump station. During the storm, the old generators broke down and caused a sewage spill that got into area creeks and threatened the city's water supply.

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