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BRACE flood recovery program

Over 10,000  families in Escambia County registered for FEMA assistance following the April flood.  Many homes are still not repaired.
More help may still be available.

While some roads in Escambia County like this one near Crescent Lake are showing positive signs of repair, there are homes in the area that are still in need. That's why BRACE and the Escambia County Long Term Recovery Group are putting together a team to help.
April's flood did tremendous damage.  Very few homes had flood insurance.  And FEMA funds did not cover everyone's expenses.  Fred Wilson is retired, and says he had to pay for repairs himself.
"FEMA didn't help us out none.  FEMA said we make too much money.  How do you make too much money knowing that I don't work?"
But the latest numbers from FEMA show a 1.6 million dollar gap between the loss from the storm and what FEMA paid out.  A gap "BRACE" is trying to shrink.

Greg Strader/Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies said, "We're now trying to define who has that need and bring in volunteer teams to help with the reconstruction."
A team of volunteers named "World Renew" is being brought in to canvass neighborhoods to find those in need.

"Many of them are over 60 years of age.  We know that many of them are low income, probably 3/4 of the families that still need assistance have household incomes below 80% of the area median income, so these are low income families that need a help up."
There will also be three walk in centers where residents can register. 

At Richards Memorial United Methodist Church on Strong Street in Pensacola, Allen Memorial United Methodist Church on Pace Parkway in Cantonment, and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Gulf Beach Highway.
Wilson says he is encouraged by the community effort. "If  I got or need some work done, I go to my next door neighbor and say, 'Hey man, let's help.  Let's rebuild.'  and that's what we need to get back to."