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Flood Victims anxious for assistance after Governor Riley requests disaster declaration

Members of the Williams family help clean up Robin Williams home after flood damage destroyed the walls and floor. Members of the Williams family help clean up Robin Williams home after flood damage destroyed the walls and floor.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Call it a team effort for the Williams family--helping a loved one clean-up and start over.

Robin Williams lost 15 years of memories when flood waters took over her house less than two weeks ago.  When it comes to getting federal assistance?

"It's gonna matter. It's really gonna matter to us. And we need it. Some of us need to rebuild and move on," she says.

And it's not just her, but the entire neighborhood.

"There's nobody with a million dollar job in this neighborhood, so yeah, it means everything to us."

It's a sentiment one nearby resident shares.

"If I want to fix this house I absolutely gotta have it.  I can't, I can't re-do that. I gotta replace everything in there, ya know?" says James Segrest.

Hopefully help is on the way. Governor Bob Riley signed a request today asking President Obama to declare Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore and Bullock counties as disaster areas.

"We are asking the President to expedite this.  We're hoping that we can get individual assistance especially back to the people that need it so quickly here," says Riley.

It's an action that could help get life back to normal.

"It would mean everything for everybody here," says Segrest.

"This is part of the process.  And we will get there. We're a good neighborhood, and we stand and support each other, and that's what we're going to do," says Williams.

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