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Tupelo, FEMA reach agreement on stump removal

Debris removal underway in Lee County
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Updated: 6/20/2014 12:28 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The City of Tupelo and emergency management officials have reached a decision on debris removal and reimbursements for tree stumps and root balls in the city.

The agreement was made during a meeting this morning.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency say they will reimburse the money state and local governments spent on eligible right-of-way debris removal in federal disaster areas.

Local governments have until July 26 to clean up debris, including stumps and root balls, from public right-of-ways.

FEMA says it will cover 75 percent of the cost of debris removal and MEMA will cover what remains.

FEMA says debris not eligible for reimbursement includes stumps not uprooted by the tornado, concrete or construction debris and debris removed from agricultural land, unimproved or undeveloped private or public property.

Property owners are also informed that hired contractors who move debris must also haul it off of the property. Any debris left by contractors on the property or the right-of-way will not be eligible for reimbursement.

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