Lin­coln Seeks FEMA Funds


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

The city of Lin­coln is hop­ing to re­ceive fed­eral aid to help re­pair dam­ages from flood­ing in De­cem­ber and has sub­mit­ted all pa­per­work to the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency.

Rhonda Hulse, the Wa­ter Depart­ment’s of­fice man­ager, re­cently at­tended a kick-off meet­ing on the process to ap­ply for funds. Lin­coln has been as­signed a pro­ject spe­cial­ist and an en­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ist, Hulse said. The pro­ject spe­cial­ist will eval­u­ate dam­ages in Lin­coln to de­ter­mine if the city qual­i­fies for money and if so, how much.

Lin­coln did not have ma­jor dam­ages from the flood­ing but a “bunch of lit­tle items,” Hulse said, not­ing that the mi­nor dam­ages add up in ex­penses, though.

The gravel road and park­ing lot at Lin­coln Lake were washed out and will need new gravel, she said. Sev­eral cul­verts were washed out and need to be re­placed and up­graded and the park­ing lot for the sum­mer base­ball field buck­led in some places. Also, the sides of about 10 streets washed out and buck­led along the edges in sev­eral places, Hulse added.

She does not know what it would cost to make the re­pairs. The pro­ject spe­cial­ist will help with calcu- lat­ing those fig­ures. Hulse, who also serves as grants ad­min­is­tra­tor for Lin­coln, re­ported that two grant ap­pli­ca­tions have been ap­proved.

The city re­ceived $2,500 from Western Arkansas Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment District to pur­chase books for Lin­coln Pub­lic Li­brary.

Lin­coln Bright Fu­tures re­ceived $2,500 from the District that will be used to help stu­dents and pur­chase sup­plies for the Lin­coln Back To School pro­gram. Bright Fu­tures is a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion, spon­sored by Lin­coln Con­sol­i­dated School District, that meets phys­i­cal needs of stu­dents so they can ex­cel in school. Hulse serves on the Bright Fu­tures board of di­rec­tors.

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