FEMA sets up second location

A newly opened FEMA center prepares to help flood victims
A newly opened FEMA center prepares to help flood victims

Posted by: Bryan Henry - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - FEMA continues to open local offices to assist flood victims in the River Region. The agency set up shop in Autauga County Tuesday.

The Prattville neighborhood hit the hardest by the May 7th flash-flood was Candlestick Park. At first Cecilia Philyaw didn't think she had any damage since the water never got inside her mobile home. But it was a different story altogether underneath her home where flood waters thoroughly messed up the insulation and wiring. Philyaw estimates the damage at around $5,000. She had no flood insurance.

"I'm happy they're back," said Philyaw.

Happy that FEMA reversed its decision to deny assistance to homeowners affected by the flood. FEMA regional coordinator Renee Balfalis is encouraging homeowners to apply on-line before they go to the temporary office off Upper Kingston Road in Prattville, although registering on-line is not a requirement.

On the surface at least there seems to be no hard feelings over the fact that FEMA rejected assistance shortly after the May 7th flood. While the damage in Autauga County is nowhere near the scale in Montgomery where hundreds of homeowners were impacted, Prattville residents day 'damage is damage.'

FEMA's Prattville office is located in the city's Parks and Recreation Department and FEMA officials say the office will remain open through Saturday.

The Parks and Recreation Department is located on Upper Kingston Road.

You can learn more about FEMA's application process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or through www.disasterassistance.gov.

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