FEMA registration deadline passes

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For tornado victims in our state, time has run out to register for federal assistance.  Thousands of people took advantage of the extra three weeks to register with FEMA and the SBA.

FEMA assistance is already paying off for one family in Rainsville.  The Granados lost their home in the tornado, but they're now using funding from FEMA to refurbish another that was damaged but salvageable.  Volunteers are helping as well.

"And these guys here they're doing all the work," Stacy Granados said.  "We're supplying the material.  They are doing all the work free of charge."

So far FEMA has approved almost $65 million in assistance in Alabama.  And close to $71 million in loans from the Small Business Administration have been approved.  During an appearance on WSFA 12 News' Alabama Live, State EMA Director Art Faulkner said crews have made a significant dent in cleaning up debris.

"We've picked up about 65,000 cubic yards out of Tallapoosa County," Faulkner said.  "50,000 cubic yards in Elmore, they're about complete.  "Out at Lake martin, we've picked up about 12,500 cubic yards there."

And he said even though FEMA is ending its registration process, the agency is not leaving the state.

"It will not stop the process of helping people, that will be an ongoing long term process," Faulkner said.

The governor's office expects to get a full briefing Tuesday on exactly where relief efforts stand after the deadline.

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