FEMA roadwork begins in Holmes County

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Holmes County recently received a FEMA grant for more than $21 million.

County Coordinator Wesley Adams said the grant will go toward improving some of the district's 500 dirt roads.

"We're getting started on it now and we're really excited for what we're going to be able to do for the people in Holmes County," Adams said. "The Board has worked really hard to try and make the tax dollars stretch and give everybody the best bang for their buck."

With the county doing the road work, Adams said money will be left over for even more improvements.

"We're going to be able to pave extra roads so will have roads paved in Holmes County that wouldn't ordinarily be paved," he said.

He said while paving would last longer, the county would be able to chip seal more roads with the grant money.

Roger Powell is a heavy equipment operator with the Holmes County Road department.

"We've had a lot of washouts where we have low places," Holmes County Road Department Employee Roger Powell said. "That's what we're doing now to repair the roads."

Adams said he hopes the people of Holmes County like the end result.

"They'll see that they're getting some of their money back," he said. "That they've been able to pay in for taxes and they should have smiles on their faces in Holmes County."

"I think it'll be a big improvement for the public and just make the road conditions a lot better," Powell said.

Adams said the Board will be making a decision on paving or chip sealing the roads within the next month.

The project is expected to last about four years.