As the flood waters recede and clean up begins the City of Alton is examining ways to help pay for clean up and cover the cost of damaged property. One of those avenues is having the City declared a disaster area. In order to do that the city is tabulating its expenses and also collecting numbers from business owners with uninsured equipment or property.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker says this is something the city will need to get clean up done.

Walker Comments

Walker says that the city would have to reach $1-million in damages to receive funding from the county and that the state would have to surpass $17-million in damage to receive a disaster area declaration from the federal government. The City would like to have all of the numbers tabulated by June 14th, but a firm deadline has not been set.

Business owners can pick up the necessary paperwork at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall during normal business hours and should direct any questions to Fire Chief Bernie Sebold by calling 463-3565.

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