Butler FEMA center closing

Published 7:27 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

The apartment complex pictured above is just north, across the street from University Mall in Tuscaloosa. – photos by Jay Reynolds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center in Butler will closed permanently last night at 7 p.m.

The Butler closure follows the closing of the Linden center on May 13. Marengo County residents still seeking aid were redirected to Butler and are now encouraged to call FEMA’s 1-800 number, 1-800-621-FEMA.

The Butler center logged 109 visits through the close of business Thursday. There have been more than 40 centers operating across the state that have logged more than 17,700 visits. The final tally for the center in Marengo County was 223 visits when it closed permanently last Friday night.

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Solicitations for aid in Marengo County continue to pour in, with 341 applications being filed to-date.

That represents an increase of 31 applications since Wednesday. Locally, more than $364,000 has been granted in federal and state aid.

Statewide, 72,638 applications have been filed with more than $40.6 million awarded.