Disaster Centers in Pike County now open on Sundays

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

In one week, more than 1,000 flood victims in Pike County have applied for aid from FEMA.

Because of the high demand, mobile disaster recovery centers are now open on Sundays.

Donna Damron was not at her home when the rain started falling in Pike County two Saturdays ago. She tried to get home when she heard the area was flooding, but was unable to get there until the next afternoon.

"It was amazing what happened up in there, absolutely unbelievable. It looked like someone had dropped a bomb," Damron said.

For two weeks, she has lived with a co-worker while her kids are staying with friends.

"That's the longest we've been apart. It's been hard but we're blessed to be alive," Damron said.

Damron is applying for FEMA aid so that she can afford a new home for her family. She is just one of more than 1,200 people to apply so far.

"We've already approved $3.2 million of assistance just here in Pike County," FEMA Public Information Officer Don Daniel said.

The mobile disaster recovery centers were originally supposed to be open everyday except Sunday. Due to the needs of the people, they are open all week now.

Damron works most of the week, and is thankful the centers are now open on Sundays.

"Very grateful they're here. If they weren't, it would be another day of delaying everything," Damron said.

Damron will now wait for approval from FEMA, and just wants to go home with her family.

The other mobile center is located in Harless Creek. If you cannot get to a center, you can also register for aid by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Daniel says FEMA mitigation specialists are at the Pikeville Lowe's to offer free advice to make homes more disaster-resistant. They will be there until August 14.

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