MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In a word it came down to this Monday afternoon; denied. Yet the 5-paragraph letter from FEMA never explained what the threshold is for individual assistance. In other words, how many homes have to be damaged in order for uninsured homeowners to receive federal help, something that befuddled mayors and EMA officials alike.
"I don't understand it," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
"It's disappointing because this helps families," said Prattville Mayor Jim Byard.
Mayor Strange called the lack of communications from FEMA a 'public relations nightmare.'
WSFA 12 News tried to get some answers at the FEMA field office in north Montgomery but instead of answering questions, the field office said an emailed statement would be coming from Washington. That statement arrived late today.
The 9-paragraph letter said in part, 'the Join Preliminary Assessment Teams evaluated all damaged areas in 4 counties and the compiled information did not show that the resources needed for recovery were beyond the state's capability.'
Mayor Strange says he didn't think the denial was political but the rejection doesn't make sense.
The mayor is meeting with Congressmen Bobby Bright and Mike Rogers on Thursday to see if they can help.