Orange Beach officials want to know when FEMA will pay

By Melanie LeCroy
Posted 4/14/21

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said he wants to know when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cut a check for Orange Beach’s $14 million in reimbursement payments from damages …

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Orange Beach officials want to know when FEMA will pay

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Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said he wants to know when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cut a check for Orange Beach’s $14 million in reimbursement payments from damages caused by Hurricane Sally in 2020.

Orange Beach is not the only city waiting for FEMA reimbursements. Many of Baldwin County’s local municipalities are waiting for more than $100 million in reimbursement. Baldwin County commissioners went to Montgomery last week to ask the state for help.

“We are rallying with all the mayors in the county, county commissioners and there was some in Mobile affected. Hopefully, we’re going to find out what the holdup is. But $14 million is a lot of money,” Kennon said.

During the April 6 regular City Council meeting, Kennon updated those in attendance about the status of the FEMA reimbursements and the waterfall effect on city projects.

“The things we had on the drawing board to do right away are put in jeopardy because we have a reserve amount, we feel comfortable having. This money should come back into our coffers. I do think it’s important that people understand there are things which we want to get done right away as well as being frugal in these times with how we spend out money and the timing of how we spend our money,” Kennon said.