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FEMA opens disaster recovery center to help flood victims

Now, FEMA is opening a disaster recovery center to help residents who are still reeling from the effects. (Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger)

MIDLAND, Mich. --It's been over 6 weeks since the historic flooding in Midland County.

Now, FEMA is opening a disaster recovery center to help residents who are still reeling from the effects.

"It's a place where folks can come," says FEMA spokesperson Kurt Pickering. "If they have registered or if they haven’t registered we’ll register them here. If they have any issues with the process."

Registering with FEMA is key for those still looking to get a loan or grant money, money that would be in addition to any insurance victims may already be receiving.

"We’re trying to get people not where they were before the disaster but get them through it," says Pickering.

Victims will also be eligible for assistance from the Small Business Administration who are on site at as well.

"If there was repairs to be done that were not covered by insurance, if you didn’t have insurance also if you have insurance it would also be able to help you," says Agustin Fernandez, a public affairs specialist with the Small Business Administration.

In addition to opening this center, FEMA representatives have been going door to door, talking with residents and helping to assess damages.

By opening the disaster recovery center though, victims can come in and speak one-on-one with a representative and get any further questions answered.

The center will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday through Saturday. For those needing assistance outside of this time frame, you can go to Disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA.


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