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Flood disaster aid still available
More than a month after the flood waters ruined many homes and businesses in our area, the Disaster Recovery Centers where people can get more information and ask questions about receiving aid are starting to see less traffic and will soon close down.
Why you should make that last effort to apply for aid.
According to FEMA- Around 12-thousand people from Escambia to Bay County have applied for assistance and about half have been approved.
A FEMA spokesperson that adds up to 33-million dollars in assistance so far.
Emergency assistance agencies are urging anyone who has not yet registered for assistance to get to a Disaster Recovery Centers like this one some time before the end of this week. "It's been a mess.
We're trying to get help and they are helping as much as they can. It's just when you lose everything, it's hard" says Shane Mayfield who was renting a home at the time of the flood. Shane Mayfield and his family were one of many who stopped by the Disaster Recovery Center here at the Brownsville Assembly of God Church Wednesday morning. "Just trying to get back on track, it takes a while" says Mayfield.
Mayfield needed help resolving issues with his FEMA application. He says after talking with someone in person, he feels a little more confident. But the days are numbered for many of these Disaster Recovery Centers. The one in Marianna is closing this weekend. "The last day that will be open is this Saturday. It will be closing at 6 o'clock" says Aaron Gallaher with the Florida Emergency Response Team.
The deadline to apply for assistance closing in, too. It's July 7th. "We've got a few weeks left but don't put it off" says Jack Heesch with FEMA. Money is still available through FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other agencies. The SBA's low interest, long term loans are available to individuals, as well as businesses, but not many people are applying. "Maybe you have insurance, maybe you don't.
Either case, it's good to go a head and apply" says Ray Harbour with the Small Business Administration. Many times, what your insurance won't pay for , the loan can cover. The application can also lead to other resources.
"If SBA is unable to approve them, they are going to be referred back to FEMA, where additional grant opportunities may become available" says Ray Harbour with the Small Business Administration
For more information about how you can apply for assistance you can log onto our website weartv.com and check out our news links.
The following locations are still open as Disaster Recovery Centers:
Brownsville Community Center
3100 W. DeSoto St.
Pensacola, FL 32505
Senior Centerview Parks & Recreation
205 Stillwell Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
Santa Rosa County
Gulf Breeze Recreation Center
800 Shoreline Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach
3524 US 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Registration Intake Center: (open until 6/7/14 only)
City of Marianna Fire Station No. 2
3990 Kynesville Highway
Marianna, FL 32448
A representative from the SBA says more than 19 million dollars has been approved for those who applied for a loan.