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FEMA officials still urging Pike County flood victims to apply for assistance

FEMA has approved nearly 14 million dollars in assistance for victims of the July floods.
The deadline to apply is less than three weeks away on September 21st.

More than two thousand people have signed up for FEMA assistance after the July floods. FEMA officials think there are more flood victims who need to register and with the deadline rapidly approaching, they are making a push to get everyone signed up.

Pike County flood victims are cleaning and re-building but still have a long way to go.

Kenneth Blackburn is receiving FEMA assistance to recover.

"FEMA has really, they've helped a lot." Says Blackburn.

Statewide 2,400 people have registered for FEMA help, but officials think there are more people with flood damage who have not applied.

"We're really making a push here and urging people to apply and get in the system." Says Jim Homstad with FEMA.

So far, nearly 14 million dollars in assistance is approved, and FEMA officials say more is available.

"People may think, "Well my neighbor has more damage than I do, so I'm not gonna take away from him. Well, that's not how it works. There is no cap in the overall amount of funding that can be received in an area." Says Homstad.

Even those with flood insurance should still apply.

"Insurance may not cover everything and FEMA may be able to help fill in the gaps." Says Homstad

The disaster recovery centers will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the Labor Day holiday weekend, but will open again Tuesday morning.

Anyone who wants to register this weekend can still apply online or on the phones.

The phone number to register with FEMA is 1-800-621-FEMA.

The website is www.disasterassistance.gov.


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