Dec 13, 2012 6:33 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

FEMA upholds decisions to fund Atascadero earthquake repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has upheld its previous decisions to fund $8 million in earthquake-related repair projects for the City of Atascadero following the 2003 San Simeon earthquake.

An audit report issued in April by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General questioned the way FEMA awarded the funds to the city, and the way the city used the money.

Mayor Tom O'Malley was pleased with FEMA's response, which the city says is not the final determination on the report but rather a show of support.

"This is wonderful news! FEMA and CalEMA have been terrific partners in helping the City recover from the devastating San Simeon Earthquake damages. We worked hard to keep our community informed during the entire audit process and are pleased to hear that FEMA has reaffirmed what we always believed to be true. The Council is very appreciative of our staff's good work," O'Malley said.

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