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Gwinnett gets $1.5 million for flood damage repairs
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Gwinnett gets $1.5 million for flood damage repairs

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County will receive another $1.5 million in state and federal reimbursements for emergency repairs to roads, bridges and drainage structures damaged in the September 2009 flood.

The county's water resources department will receive $773,989 from the Federal Highway Administration for repairs to numerous drainage culverts where roads -- including West Park Place Boulevard, Five Forks Trickum Road and Harmony Grove Road -- were closed due to flood damage.

"These funds cover about two-thirds of the repair costs at these locations and are a welcome addition to the reimbursements already received," said water resources acting director Lynn Smarr.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency previously approved reimbursements of about $4.7 million. The county paid the remainder from stormwater utility fees.

Gwinnett's transportation department accepted $740,469 from the Georgia DOT for repairs to the Lawrenceville Suwanee Road bridge over the Yellow River and the Club Drive bridge over Sweetwater Creek.

"These repairs were unexpected but essential before we could reopen damaged roads, so these reimbursements certainly help restore our budget," said Gwinnett DOT director Brian Allen.

Repair projects were located in all four commission districts.

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