A new disaster assistance office has opened in Webster City and officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are encouraging any homeowners and renters affected by the recent flooding and storms to register with FEMA to find out if they are eligible to receive grant money.
The office has been established at 500 Fairmeadow Drive in Webster City.
"People may not realize that it's any damage since the first of June may be eligible," said John Mills, external affairs field specialist for FEMA. Mills said people who have had water, storm or flood damage should call FEMA at (800) 621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov to register.
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Small Business Administration officials R. Gary Colton and Kay Jennings review disaster loan information at the disaster assistance office in Webster City.
"In order to receive assistance of any kind, people have to be registered," he said.
In Hamilton County, 123 registrations have been received and $135,000 in grant money has been approved, according to Mills. Webster and Wright counties are among the top 10 counties in the state for grant money approved, with Wright receiving $733,000 and Webster $282,000.
"Right now FEMA has approved more than $14 million in grant money for Iowa homeowners and renters," Mills said. More than 7,000 households throughout Iowa have already registered for assistance.
The Webster City office will be open through at least this week, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Once people register, people might be able to get emergency housing assistance, in fact that is most of the grant funding that has been approved was for," Mills said.
Mills said many of the grants have been used for rental housing while a house is being repaired, repairs to make a home safe, sanitary and functional again. A secondary needs program can also help people replace or repair appliances, vehicles or other belongings damages by the storms and flooding.
"The most important thing is getting people back into their own homes," he said. Small Business Association officials are also on hand to discuss assistance available from that agency.
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