Houston County plans to return $1.5 million in disaster aid it received after the 2007 flood.

County engineer Brian Pogodzinski told the Houston County Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting that the state is asking the county to pay back the funds. The county planned to use the $1.52 million to rebuild a section of County Road 22, but the project never materialized.

The state would like to send the money to Duluth to assist in cleanup efforts there after recent flooding, Pogodzinski said.

“At this point, we have received enough money from FEMA to avoid a cash flow problem,” he said.

The board agreed to return the money, agreeing that Duluth needs it more than Houston County. Pogodzinski said the county may still be able to keep the interest it gained while holding the money.

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