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April flood damage cost after FEMA

After April's flood, more than ten thousand families in Escambia County registered for FEMA assistance.

Now local social service agencies say there is a one-point-six million dollar gap between the cost of damage done and what was paid out by FEMA.
Those agencies are trying to get reconstruction help to those families still needing to repair their homes.

The Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies and the Escambia County Long Term Recovery Group are bringing in a team of "World Renew" volunteers.
They'll be canvassing neighborhoods affected by the flood, looking for families who still need assistance.

Greg Strader/BRACE: "Many of them are over 60 years of age.  We know that many of them are low income, probably three-quarters of the families that still need assistance have household incomes below eighty percent of the area median income, so these are low income families that need a help up."

They'll have three walk-in locations, open from September 2nd through the 12th.
Once they get a firm number of homes in need of repair, the social service agencies will go back to FEMA to request additional funds so they can bring in additional outside volunteer groups to start reconstruction.
You can find those walk-in locations by calling 850-292-8024, or on weartv.com under Newslinks.