Sequestration affects tornado relief efforts in Adairsville - New York News

Sequestration affects tornado relief efforts in Adairsville

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ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -

The massive sequestration cuts could affect victims of the tornado in Adairsville.

A storm in late January destroyed dozens of homes in Bartow and Gordon County.

The relief effort has been done without federal funds, as FEMA ruled that the damage wasn't substantial enough to warrant federal aid.

Now due the sequestration, the Small Business Administration – an agency offering low interest disaster loans – is taking a $17 million cut to its loan guarantee fund, meaning few loans will go out.

"I can comprehend all of us tightening our budget and belts if you will. But when we're sending money overseas -- maybe the government is just too big for me," said Pastor Ken Coomer of the Adairsville Church of God.

Coomer, who has organized many of the relief efforts in Adairsville, said that he's frustrated by news that the government is sending $250 million to Egypt to help its economy.

"For me to be able to explain or even understand how it is that we're sending money to another country when we need help in Georgia, I don't know if I understand that," Coomer said.

Residents said that a small fraction of that $250 million would make a big difference in the recovery effort. They said that the town could be rebuilt with as little as $100,000.

"Just a little bit of help would go a long way. As a matter of fact, if you look around, volunteers are everywhere. But when it comes down to it, we just need some help to buy materials and do things to help our community," Coomer said.

For more information on relief efforts, click here to visit the Adairsville Church of God Facebook page.

People can make a donation to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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