FEMA individual assistance granted to area counties

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The wait is over for many of those devastated by June's severe flash flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said people in Bell, Knox, and Perry counties will get individual assistance.

The approval will allow individual citizens to file for assistance from the federal government.

Bell County officials found out they qualified on Friday morning.

"Our biggest fear was that individuals wouldn't get the individual assistance that was needed," said Bill Kelley, Middlesboro Mayor.

Leaders said this means grants or loans from the federal government will now be available.

"This will allow those that were hit by the flood to recover their homes, some personal belongings, things that they've worked their lifetime for," said State Representative Rick Nelson.

In Bell County, a building off 25th Street in Middlesboro will serve as headquarters.

People who have damage will need to pre-register online with FEMA. Then they will be contacted by representatives who will be working out of a field office.

"Going to the FEMA website now, you will be able to get registered for FEMA assistance. Use that address or that phone number and call and get the information to get pre-registered. Then, come to this center, and you will get assistance," said Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive.

Officials said it's important to remember that FEMA will want accurate records and receipts and visual proof of your damages.

Leaders hope to staff the Middlesboro building by early next week. We're told some staffers may even be working there on Labor Day.

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