Governor Riley visits hard hit wiregrass areas

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - Folks in the wiregrass continues to dry out from last week's rain.

Cleanup efforts are ongoing in Houston and Geneva counties as crews there work to open closed roads and repair damaged infrastructure.

Tuesday Governor Bob Riley travelled to those hard hit areas to tour damage.

It was nearly two weeks of rain but it could be months of cleaning up.

"They said it could take up to two weeks to get the road fixed, I'd like to see if they could get it fixed sooner," says Angela Ross, who lives on a closed dirt road.

Roads are still closed, homes and businesses still fixing water damage but help is on the way.

Governor Bob Riley toured damaged areas Tuesday as FEMA crews began their assessments.

FEMA has public assistance teams assessing damage throughout the state before they'll move into individual assessments.

"Our public assessment numbers should allow us at least based on what the EMA has done in the counties, should allow us to receive public assistance," says Governor Riley.

During his visit to the wiregrass Governor Riley also stressed the importance of documenting damage in your home, he say the more information you have the easier it is to get assistance.

"Build a case, so when you do come in and you have to file for this we have documentation that will allow is to be a better advocate for you," explained Governor Riley.

Officials say if you have any type of damage you need to contact your EMA office.