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Wiregrass Newsroom: FEMA flood funds arrive

Bill Shealey walks around his new den.  The room is now remodeled after flood damage destroyed the walls and flooring two months ago. Bill Shealey walks around his new den. The room is now remodeled after flood damage destroyed the walls and flooring two months ago.

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - For Bill Shealey, it's one of the toughest things he's ever experienced.  Next to the loss of his mother, Shealey says dealing with flood damage is a close second.

Twenty-one inches.  That's how high the waters were in his den less than two months ago.

And now, that den is transformed into a new room much different than the one before.

"Wonderful. That's all I can say. Just happy to be back," says Shealey.

He's one of many working to make his home livable again.

"Its a big relief, yeah," he says.

Life is finally starting to get back to normal for folks in the Wiregrass as FEMA officials approved $1.4 million dollars in individual assistance. It's money they say is now in the hands of the people--divided among residents in Houston, Geneva and Covington counties.  FEMA officials are also visiting home improvement stores to help with rebuilding.

"We're talking to people about building back stronger, safer, to reduce future damage and save lives," says FEMA Assistant, Kathleen Rhodes.

For Bill, the rebuilding is done. With new walls, a new floor, and a few things to work out... 

"That light's too low," he says.

He's glad his home is back, better than ever.

For information on applying for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA.

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