County gets $300k-plus FEMA funds

Published 8:04 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More than $325,000 in housing assistance has been doled out to Marengo County residents as a result of last month’s storms according to statistics released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) yesterday.

FEMA Public Affairs Specialist Jim Homstad said the agency has processed 310 applications and funded $325,119.20 in housing assistance. Another $31,000 in other needs has been funded jointly through FEMA and the State of Alabama.

Applications continue to flood in more than one month after seven tornadoes touched down and Marengo County and 10 days after another touched down through Faunsdale.

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FEMA processed 15 applications from Monday to Tuesday, despite the passage of more than a week, and in some cases more than a month, from April’s tornado outbreak.

“We’ve not even started talking about that yet,” Homstad said of the deadline to apply for financial assistance. “Due the magnitude of it and people still coming out from under it, we’ve not even set a date.”

Assuming FEMA adheres to it’s traditional deadline of 60 days following disaster declaration, affected residents have approximately five weeks to continue to seek assistance.

Marengo’s 310 applications are the highest among Black Belt counties in the federal disaster area. The next closest is Choctaw County with 252 applications.

Statewide, 67,038 applications have been filed as of Tuesday and more than $38 million in aid awarded.