Fla. residents get flood aid; Ga. neighbors don't

Published On: Jul 13 2012 02:24:40 PM EDT
FOLKSTON, Ga. -

Georgia and Florida residents living along the St. Marys River were hit by the same tropical storm last month, but only those from one state will be eligible for a federal disaster declaration.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Debby caused enough damage on the Florida side of the river -- which forms the state line -- to receive the aid.

Under federal guidelines, Georgia residents didn't qualify.

Residents on the Georgia side say they're frustrated that even though floodwaters rise just as high on each side of the river, the disaster declarations are figured state-by-state.

The presidential disaster declaration issued this month covers 23 Florida counties but stopped at the invisible state line in the middle of the river, leaving out Georgia's Charlton and Camden counties.