July 29, 2014

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Government property damage estimate: $1.4 M
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By JIM LANGHAM

Feature Writer

PAULDING – Paulding County Emergency Management Agent director Randy Shaffer said early this week that he has reported a total of $1.4 million in damage to government property as a result of the June 29 storm. The EMA director received his information as a result of reports from township trustees.

In addition, said Shaffer, Paulding-Putnam Cooperative reported damage of $1,172,093.27 for damages to various aspects of their infrastructure. Shaffer said that American Electric Power has a different way of reporting; he has not received information from them.

“It’s virtually impossible to report all aspects of damage because it is so widespread and assessed by so many different means,” continued Shaffer. “I’ve never seen a countywide disaster like this. This is unheard of in Paulding County.”