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FEMA: Augusta broke federal regulations in ice storm cleanup contracts

...sole-source, noncompetitive bid awards to Ashbritt Environmental and Leidos Inc. for cleanup starting Feb. 25, two weeks after the storm dumped a rare inch of ice on the area, did not comply with FEMA regulations requiring a competitive procurement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-06-23/fema-augusta-broke-feder
Barrow announces $1.9 million FEMA grant to Planters EMC for ice storm damage

...Planters Electric customers in McBean, a small community in south Augusta, remained without power almost a full week after the storm began."The ice storms earlier this year did a lot of damage to our homes and businesses in the 12th District...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-03/barrow-announces-19-million-
Professionals urge safety when using chain saws to cut storm-damaged trees, limbs

...Always stay scared of (a chain saw). It's a dangerous tool."Despite the increased usage of chain saws after the storm, Dr. Richard B. Schwartz, the chief of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents Medical Center, said accidents involving...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-04/experts-urge-safety-when-cutt
Aiken County debris removal 8-12 weeks from completion

...waiting nearly a month for crews to make it to his neighborhood.Martin said he put out his debris the first Monday after the storm and the day of his normal trash pickup."Since the first week, it has not been touched at all," Martin said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-03-21/aiken-county-debris-removal-8
Rants & Raves

...appreciate y'all. Thank you very much, and God bless you.THE COUNTY IS really working hard to pick up the yard waste after the storm, but the people in the houses are not sweeping up after they pick everything up.QUIT THROWING ALL the fast-food...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-03-10/rants-raves
Termite season approaching, experts say

...winter ice storm should not result in higher instances of termite infestations yet.A stump, for example, left after the storm will provide a popular hangout for termites, but it will take a while for the bugs to increase in number. However...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-15/termite-season-approaching-ex
Augusta traffic chief named interim deputy administrator

...responsibilities in addition to his traffic engineering duties, which grew to include a massive debris removal effort after the storm.Cassell helped secure the two contractors, AshBritt Environ mental and Leidos, which he said Monday had completed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-10/augusta-traffic-chief-na
Cable problems from ice storm still linger for few

...pretty quickly to the majority of customers immediately after the storm. Obviously the final number of folks are being addressed...crews on standby to address any outages immediately after the storm.Although Horwitz didn't know off-hand the number...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-02-25/cable-probl
Storm response could have been better, say some Augusta officials

...customers in McBean, a small community in south Augusta, remained without power until late Tuesday, almost a full week after the storm began.The outage left many senior citizens without heat and hot water. A 77-year-old Piney Grove parishioner...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-02-21/storm-response-could-have-bee
Some Augustans still without power, but workers draw praise

...companies, Georgia Power called in for reinforcements in anticipation of the storm, but then it had to call for more after the storm struck. Boatright said several thousand crews from eight states as far away as Ohio came to help.With a forever-growing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-02-17/some-augustans-still-without-