FEMA taking names of flood-affected residents
FEMA is still taking names of residents and inspecting properties that were damaged in the March 17 flood.
Joyce Lincoln, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke to the Jasper County Commissioners on Thursday about the event and how individual residents can apply for assistance if the floods that hit the region the week of March 17 affected their homes or businesses.
Lincoln said only nine people had signed up for assistance from Jasper County as a result of that weather event so far.
She said people can register by telephone at 800-621-3362, or online at www.fema.gov.
"It takes about 20 minutes to register," Lincoln said. "Then people will be issued a registration number and an inspector will come out to see the damage to the person's home or business. The turnover for an inspector to come out and make a visit is only running about a day and a half."
Lincoln said homeowners insurance is the first line of assistance for most people, but FEMA can step in with assistance when insurance fails.
"We're a band-aid," Lincoln said. "We're not going to be able to make people whole, but we can help them through this event."
She said this area has been hit by four major disasters in the past 18 months. She said after the ice storms of January and December 2007 and the floods of June 2007 area governments and not-for-profits qualified for public assistance for governmental entities, but this March event was different in that in 34 Southwest Missouri counties, residents qualified for individual assistance.
She said even if people are not sure if they qualify, they should register to make sure they are eligible one way or the other.
In other business, commissioners agreed to abandon a 191-foot-long platted road in the Troupes Addition of Prosperity. Commissioner Jim Honey said the road was never built and Edward Vasquez, the property owner asking the county to abandon the road easement, owns almost all the property around the easement.
Vasquez also obtained the signatures of all the property owners around him supporting the abandonment.