RALEIGH, N.C. -- Saying they had accomplished their mission, state and federal officials Friday announced plans to close five of the 21 recovery centers that have been answering questions and providing information to Hurricane Floyd's disaster victims.
Recovery centers were established throughout the declared disaster area in the aftermath of the storm as thousands of flood victims sought assistance. More than 57,000 applicants for federal and state aid have visited them since and continue to do so.
Tuesday, Nov. 23, will be the final operating day for DRC 10 at Trenton, DRC 16 at Nashville, DRC 17 at Snow Hill, DRC 18 at Ahoskie and DRC 19 at Lumberton. The remaining centers, including two mobile vans, will continue to operate until their work load diminishes.
Registrations continue coming in at a rate of about 200 a day. To date more than 74,000 have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the closing deadline coming up Dec. 14.
"The centers not only answered questions and solved problems, they gave disaster victims direct contact with recovery officials at a very stressful time in their lives and provided them assurance that help was at hand," said Paul Fay, FEMA's human services director for this disaster.
Anyone who has registered may visit any recovery center to check the status of an application or get questions answered. A toll-free FEMA Helpline, 1-800-525-0321, is also available to take questions from applicants from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.