Report: FEMA will not pay county almost $12M for Katrina cleanup work

September 13, 2007 01:54

The US government has rejected a request for nearly $12 million (?8.6 million) to reimburse Mississippi's most populous coastal county for removing debris from Hurricane Katrina, saying the county paid too much for the work and did not adequately document it. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's concerns about Harrison County came in a letter from the head of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. FEMA said the county paid "unreasonably high" costs for clearing storm-damaged trees, and the agency found discrepancies in bills that contractors submitted for Katrina debris removal.

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