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FEMA updates numbers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

On Thursday, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released numbers regarding Clay County residents and flood damage assessment.

According to numbers provided by FEMA, as of Thursday, there were 341 registrations filed.

In addition, FEMA officials said that $691,220.19 had been disbursed for individuals and households while $616,529.46 had been assess for housing assistance.

Other needs totaled $74,690.73 through Thursday, according to FEMA numbers.

Total state numbers through Thursday were also released.

A total of $40,673,683 in grant money had been approved for housing assistance while other needs assistance grants statewide has tallied $7,581,269.

According to FEMA numbers -- in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security -- a total of $86,396,752 in disaster recovery grants and loans have been approved for state disaster victims.

A total of 16,238 people in the 40 designated counties in Indiana have called the FEMA disaster hotline to apply for disaster assistance and 10,412 people have visited disaster recovery centers in Indianapolis, Columbus, Terre Haute, Martinsville and Franklin.

FEMA officials added that 13,651 inspections have been completed and a total of $48,055,276 in disaster recovery grants have been disbursed.

Currently, there are two mobile disaster centers located in the area.

One is located at Spencer Elementary School, 151 Hillside Ave., Spencer, while the other is at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1101 S. 13th St., Terre Haute.

FEMA?officials announced Wednesday the mobile disaster center in Spencer would remain open until 7 p.m., today.

Currently, the center in Terre Haute is open Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and will remain open until further notice.

Residents may go to any of the mobile disaster centers regardless of where they live.

Representatives from FEMA?aand the United States Small Business Administration will be on hand to field questions.



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