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Wetumpka mayor gets council approval for financing of emergency repairs

The Wetumpka City Council approves the mayor's request to seek financing for emergency infrastructure repairs. (Source: WSFA 12 News) The Wetumpka City Council approves the mayor's request to seek financing for emergency infrastructure repairs. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

The mayor of Wetumpka wants the city council's approval to seek financing for some much-needed repairs, including to roads, following the Coosa River floods of 2015. Christmas that year did not bring good tidings for the city when the Coosa breached its banks and inundated the area with feet of water, which damaged a lot of property.

The river runs thru the heart of the city, and heavy rains can spell disaster. This past January storm drains collapsed under the strain of heavy rains.

Mayor Jerry Willis asked the city council Monday night for the authority to seek financing for emergency infrastructure repairs. The amount not to exceed $500,000. The city can get federal dollars when a state of emergency is declared, but the process can take months.

"It's probably going to run us between $450 (thousand) and a half million dollars," Mayor Willis said. "It was the best route to go on this to find the financing, to seek the financing to do this and not put such a burden on the city at one time. That's the reason we took action on this tonight."

The council approved the mayor's request, so moving forward Wetumpka should be in a better position to take care of infrastructure damage as a result of flooding.

This money is needed because sometimes the amount of damage is not enough to meet a threshold for state assistance but it's enough to put a real strain on the city budget.

There's been no word yet on where the city will seek the financing.

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