Columbus City Council pays out damages to flooded residents

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After several rain events that flooded 76 homes around Columbus, the City Council unanimously approved at Tuesday's meeting to pay out some damages to residents.

The one-time grant program would only apply to residents whose homes were flooded from January 1st through April 20th of this year, and it would only cover homes that were flooded because of a failure in the city's drainage system.

The city has agreed to pay out up to $10,000 dollars in structural damages and $2,500 in property damages for furniture and clothes.

The money will not cover damages done to yards and cars, and it will not cover mold or mildew damage.

This is the first time the City of Columbus has ever agreed to pay out damages to residents who have been flooded in storms.