FEMA decision reversed

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bob Riley's spokesperson Todd Stacy confirms to WSFA 12 News the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reversed course and will help flood victims in the River Region with Individual Assistance funding.

The decision came on the same day the state sent a detailed 18-page appeal to President Barack Obama stating its case.

The decision wasn't expected until at least a week after the FEMA groundteams' second inspection. FEMA wrapped up its second tour of homes in the River Region on Thursday, going inside this time rather than making assessments from the exterior.

The assistance will be available to Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery county residents who were affected by the historic flooding in early May.

"We are very pleased that the President and FEMA heard our appeal and have seen fit to provide this needed assistance," said Governor Riley. "The severity and magnitude of these floods truly warranted help from the federal government, and I'm glad those affected will be able to get some relief."

Residents who were affected should register with FEMA immediately, even if they have registered with other agencies. That registration can be done by going to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Phone calls will be answered between the hours of 7am and 10pm Central time.

Those who have already registered with FEMA for assistance should call the toll-free registration number and select the "Helpline" option to confirm their registration and to request an inspection of their damages.

WSFA 12 News is seeking reaction from local officials and residents. We'll have more information as it becomes available.