FEDERAL HELP FOR LOCAL FLOOD VICTIMS STILL PENDING

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County Office of Emergency Services accepting applications from those who suffered storm damage while awaiting aid from FEMA

 

January 14, 2011 (San Diego) –San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald said her office has been in daily contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), pushing the agency to extend federal assistance to San Diego property owners swamped by recent rains and flooding.

 

“It appears the city qualifies for federal aid because of the amount of damage to public and private properties, but San Diegans are still asking when repair dollars will be available,” Emerald said in a statement issued today.

 

A spokesperson for FEMA in Washington, D.C. told the Councilmember a decision has not yet been made--nearly a month after storms dropped five to ten inches of rain on the San Diego region.

Councilmember Emerald helped to facilitate a FEMA tour this past Friday of flood ravaged areas in the 7th Council District, including Alvarado Creek. “I remain hopeful President Obama will sign an order very soon,” Emerald said. “We need those dollars soon to repair public and private property damaged and destroyed by our winter storms.”

 

In the meantime, the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is accepting applications from home and business owners who suffered storm losses. The OES will help property owners determine if they have sufficient damages to qualify for state and federal aid. The OES can be reached at (858) 565-3490. Councilmember Emerald strongly recommends contacting the OES within the next month.

 

Emerald and the rest of the City Council approved an Emergency Storm Declaration back on January 4, the first step in the process to qualify for State and Federal aid.