More than two years later, City of Van still waiting on FEMA reimbursement

Updated: May. 9, 2017 at 7:38 PM CDT
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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - It's been nearly two years since tornadoes tore through Van, and according to the city, it's still six months before their final reimbursement will come through.

The city says it's been working with the state and federal government since the storms, but officials say they're still waiting on $300,000.

"To the City of Van, that is a lot of money," City Administrator Charles West said.

He's been in his role since January 2016. He says the federal reimbursement process... is still in the process.

"It's a lot of red tape," he said. "I think in about six months we'll be reimbursed and be able to close out all our projects."

Two full years after tornadoes ripped through the city, they say they're still waiting on FEMA. Public cleanup and rebuilding has come out of city funds for the last two years.

"The fund balance is a little low right now," West said.

The new building that will open as J.E. Rhodes Elementary in the fall is almost ready. Recovery along Pennsylvania Street is finished. Other projects too, paid for by the city. And as filed paperwork is moving through the state and federal pipelines, he says he's confident funds will come through as the year moves on.

"We're confident we're going to be reimbursed in the next six months and be in good shape again," West said.

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